Dennis Turner - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Dennis Turner

Dennis Turner co-anchors News 3 at 6 and 10. He was born in southern Illinois, but raised in South Florida. He joins WSIL from WREG in Memphis where he spent the last 25 years anchoring numerous newscasts and covering some of the biggest stories in that region.

Dennis graduated from the University of Miami, where he helped manage the student radio station WVUM-FM and oversaw production of the student-run television newscast on campus and on WLRN-TV in Miami. He officially started his career at WTVJ in Miami during the McDuffie Riots and Mariel Boatlift and spent the next few years there in support roles before heading to Florida's west coast in a management role at WINK-TV.

At WINK, Dennis helped manage the staff, and served as anchor, reporter and producer, eventually taking over and re-vamping the station's weekly public affairs program. He also became the station's "Backroads" reporter, producing weekly feature stories from the outskirts of Orlando and Tampa, to The Everglades.

Before long, Dennis landed in Los Angeles working at the CNN bureau and finally at FNN the Financial News Network (now CNBC) where he covered the 1989 San Francisco earthquake and the Savings and Loan scandal trial of Charles Keating and officers of Lincoln Savings and Loan.

After the takeover of FNN by CNBC, Dennis arrived in Memphis and covered several huge stories, including the efforts of James Earl Ray to get a trial for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the arrival of casino gambling in Mississippi, the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, flooding and severe droughts along the Mississippi River, and the case of a man accused and later acquitted of threatening President Obama.

During his years in Memphis, Dennis filed regular reports for the CBS Radio Network, and appeared on CBS This Morning several times. His travels have taken him to Amsterdam to document the impact of new non-stop flights to Memphis, to El Salvador to report on recovery from the civil war there, and to New York in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

His stories have won statewide awards for best feature and best spot news in Florida.

He's the father of two and an avid triathlete, who has competed in Memphis and Chicago along with races in Arkansas and Mississippi. Dennis is glad to return to his southern Illinois roots and covering the important stories in this exciting and growing region.

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