Articles written by: LaTonya Turner

LaTonya Turner

LaTonya Turner is a broadcast journalist and producer for WNPT-TV, Nashville Public Television. Her career includes more than 15 years in broadcast news, first in her home state of Louisiana, then in Nashville for WSMV-TV (NBC) as a reporter and anchor. Turner’s work in consumer investigations and in-depth reporting has won several regional Emmys and been recognized nationally by professional journalists and telecommunications organizations, including the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the regional Edward R. Murrow Award, and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Since 2006, Turner has worked as an independent producer of documentaries, primarily focusing on historical and community service events. She has been a contributor to several WNPT projects, including Next Door Neighbors: Little Kurdistan and NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis. She is also a theatrical producer of local stage works, one of her passions. Turner is married and the mother of two sons and a daughter.

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Teaching Tough Topics / Tennessee

Teaching Tough Topics: NPT Reports

What should school children be taught about Islam, the Confederacy and other topics that are sensitive to some in our society? NPT Reports looks at how curriculum standards are set in Tennessee and why state officials are implementing new procedures to address public concerns.

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life
American Graduate / Summer Learning Series / Tennessee

Summer Learning: Upward Bound Students Connect With College Life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The high school students attending summer classes in Upward Bound will most likely graduate on time and get a diploma. But they’re giving up summers and Saturdays during the school year with an eye on what happens after high school. That’s one goal of Upward Bound– a [...]

Clandestine Black Schools | NPT Reports

Clandestine Black Schools | NPT Reports

Clandestine schools owned and operated by Blacks in the South for Blacks were not only risky, they were ahead of the curve and paved the way for modern day public education for all citizens. Nashville Public Television files this overview.

American Graduate / Early Education / Tennessee / Uncategorized

Story Time to Graduation

Story time for preschoolers on a regular, consistent basis can have a positive effect on their ability to read later– and possibly their likelihood to graduate.

Elementary students enter Jones Paideia Magnet School in Nashville.
Multimedia / Poverty / Race / School Choice / Segregation Shifts Series / Tennessee / Video

Segregation Shifts – Nashville Wrestles With Re-Segregation (Video)

Without court-ordered desegregation, many school districts have struggled to find strategies to maintain racial balance and diversity. Many parents now choose the neighborhood school for their children rather than sending them long distances away, even for a program that might be considered high quality—like magnet schools. Districts are finding that many parents of all ethnic groups no longer view racial balance as a top priority in educating their children. In Nashville, public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity.

Kurdish Community Tries to Bridge Cultural Gap with Schools
Race / Tennessee / Video

Kurdish Community Tries to Bridge Cultural Gap with Schools

The Kurdish center in Nashville is working to bridge the cultural gap between local Kurds and Nashville Public schools, in an effort to bring better understanding and academic success for Kurdish students– the 3rd largest group of English Language Learners in Nashville schools.

Heading Off Concussions in School Sports
Tennessee / Video

Heading Off Concussions in School Sports

Concussions from sports-related injuries are now being called an epidemic by some medical groups. The problem is causing many schools and even some lawmakers to reevaluate preventive measures and treatment of concussions.

Teacher Town Hall at NPT
American Graduate / Tennessee / Video

American Graduate: Teachers Have Their Say at Nashville Town Hall Event

Smaller class size is a big factor in improving student performance. That’s one of many revealing comments from teachers who gathered for a town hall style discussion at Nashville Public Television. The Teacher Town Hall drew more than 100 teachers from several different school districts in middle Tennessee. Here is a preview of the broadcast that will air in its entirety on February 29.