Troy Turner, Karen Magnuson win diversity leadership awards
Posted Oct. 23, 2009
Troy Turner, editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., and
Karen Magnuson, editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester,
N.Y., have been named winners of the eighth annual Robert G. McGruder
Awards for Diversity Leadership.
The two will be honored as champions of newsroom diversity at the
Associated Press Managing Editors annual training conference Oct. 30 in
The awards are given by the Freedom Forum, which administers the
program, in partnership with APME and the American Society of News
Editors. Each honoree receives $2,500 and a sculpture. Selections are
made by a committee, which includes the previous year's recipients and
representatives of APME, ASNE and UNITY: Journalists of Color.
The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who
embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit
Free Press and relentless diversity advocate who died in April 2002.
Judges singled out Turner and Magnuson for their leadership, intensity
and consistency in advancing diversity through content and staff
"In their newsrooms, their communities and their profession, Troy
Turner and Karen Magnuson have embraced similar qualities that
distinguished Bob McGruder," said Jack Marsh, vice president of the
Freedom Forum and Diversity Institute. "They have not lost their focus
and enthusiasm, despite the enormous challenges and changes facing the
news industry in the past year. Their commitment to diversity is
unwavering and an inspiration to others."
Magnuson, who won in the over-75,000 circulation category, has been
editor of the Democrat and Chronicle the past 10 years and was
president of APME in 2006-2007. Magnuson made diversity a priority in
both roles, the judges noted, promoting diversity in her newsroom and
community and on a national level.
Magnuson's years as editor "are a compendium of diversity
achievement, and a review shows she has taken this crusade to heart
since her first day here," said one of her nominators, Linda Baird,
vice president for human resources at the Democrat and Chronicle.
In the under-75,000 circulation category, Turner was cited for
combating racism and advancing cultural diversity in the remote Four
Corners region served by The Daily Times. Despite its limited resources
and size, the newsroom has been an effective, courageous and creative
advocate for diversity through content and staffing, the judges said.
Turner "encourages all of us to understand our role as a leader in
promoting cultural diversity in our community by reporting both the
similarities and differences that influence the cultural experiences
and backgrounds of individuals and groups in our area," said his
nominator, Cindy Cowan, production director of The Daily Times.
Judges were Calvin Stovall, executive editor, Press &
Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y., representing APME; Marty Kaiser,
editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, representing ASNE; Doris Truong,
copy editor, The Washington Post, representing UNITY; last year's
winners John Bodette,
executive editor, St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, and Charles Pittman, senior
vice president for publishing at Schurz Communications; and Marsh,
representing the Freedom Forum.