Chris Turner was born and raised in Oklahoma. After attending The University of Oklahoma he began his broadcast journalism career as a CNN original in 1980. Chris started at the lowest position within CNN… a copy boy. 18 months later he helped start of CNN Headline News (then called CNN2) as a videotape supervisor. In 1983 Chris was appointed one of CNN's first political field producers. The following 19 months he covered every presidential candidate from President Reagan to Jesse Jackson. At 24 he was the youngest television network floor producer to ever work both the Republican and Democratic conventions. For the general election he ran the coverage of V.P. candidate Geraldine Ferraro. Afterwards Chris was made Assistant Bureau Chief/Assignment Editor for the Southeast Bureau.
A year later, Chris was promoted to Field Producer/Assignment Editor for the CNN Rome Bureau. From Rome Chris covered the IRAN/IRAQ war, The Persian Gulf Tanker War, The U.S. bombing of Libya and Col. Gaddafi. He also covered European terrorist attacks, Pope John Paul 2nd, NATO, The U.S. 66th Fleet, 3 G-7 summits and more.
In 1989, Chris was assigned to the Washington D.C. Bureau as the Producer/Editor for the U.S. House and Senate. Later in 1989 he was dispatched to Panama as a Field Producer/Editor to cover the U.S. invasion. In 1990 Chris returned to the Middle East as the American Network Pool producer in Saudi Arabia. Chris was in charge of all U.S. network news coverage (ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN) for Desert Shield. When the war began Chris requested a field assignment with combat troops and was assigned to the 22nd Armored Cavalry. Afterwards he was Sr. Producer for CNN's Kuwait coverage. Chris returned to Washington and later that year was again a floor producer for the Republican and Democratic conventions. Immediately after the Democratic convention Chris was sent to Sarajevo to cover the Bosnian Civil War. While in Sarajevo Chris' camerawoman, Margaret Moth was shot by an unknown sniper. Chris looked after Margaret and helped engineer her evacuation from Sarajevo.
In 1992 Chris was transferred to the International Desk in CNN Atlanta, where he ran coverage for dozens of major international stories including the Invasion of Somalia, The Middle East conflict, summits, the rise of Democracy in Russia and many more. In 2001, Chris retired to look after his ailing father, CNN original Ed Turner.
After his father's passing Chris fulfilled a lifelong dream and bought a ranch outside of Cody, Wyoming. While in Cody Chris fulfilled another dream, he produced, wrote, directed and stared in his own comedy/musical variety radio show "Comfort Food, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes for Your Mind." His guests ran the gamut from unknowns to recording legends. In 2010 Chris became a producer Correspondent for Wyoming PBS' "Wyoming Chronicle. Chris traveled the state of Wyoming meeting and interviewing the people of his adopted state.
Chris was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award for news for his work in the first Gulf War and a National Emmy Award for Breaking News for his work on the Invasion of Somalia.
"Working at KGWN is my dream job", says Chris, "I get to combine two of my passions, Wyoming and News."