Jonathan Turner

Jonathan joined the Local 4 News team in September 2021 as a digital reporter. He’s been a full-time journalist since 1988 and has experience writing for daily newspapers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Connecticut, and since 1995, in the Quad Cities.

Jonathan has expertise across a wide range of subject areas—including government, politics, education, the arts, economic development, historic preservation, business, and tourism—and is especially passionate about covering arts and culture.

A longtime piano player, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College and a master’s in music education from Indiana University. Over the years, Jonathan has accompanied musicals, singers, choirs and instrumentalists, and performed as John Hinckley in a 2019 production of the musical “Assassins” at Moline’s Black Box Theatre. Since 1999, he’s been piano accompanist for Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport. He even wrote an original musical based on The Book of Job, “Hard to Believe,” which premiered in 2010 at Playcrafters, Moline.

Jonathan wrote a 175-page history book about downtown Davenport, “A Brief History of Bucktown,” published by The History Press in 2016. He has a new travel guide, “100 Things To Do in the Quad-Cities Before You Die,” that was published by Reedy Press in fall 2022. He was honored in 2009 to be chosen among 24 arts journalists nationwide to take part in a 10-day fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in New York City, on classical music and opera. Based at Columbia University’s journalism school, the training, workshops, and cultural performances included tours and behind-the-scenes talks at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center and The New York Times.

Jonathan’s awards include one from 2021, when he won the Iowa Broadcast News Association, Best In-Depth/Series for Large Market Radio, Third Place, for WVIK-FM, 2020 “COVID & The Arts” series, produced with Herb Trix.

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