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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Dawn Turner, Dawn Turner Trice

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction


Illinois Connection

Dawn Turner Trice grew up in Chicago and was a Columnist for the Chicago Tribune. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dawn Turner is an award-winning journalist and novelist. A former columnist and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Turner spent a decade and a half writing about race, politics, and people whose stories are often dismissed and ignored. Turner, who served as a 2017 and 2018 juror for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, has written commentary for The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, CBS Sunday Morning News show, NPR’s Morning Edition show, the Chicago Tonight show, and elsewhere. She has covered national presidential conventions, as well as Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election and inauguration. Turner has been a regular commentator for several national and international news programs, and has reported from around the world in countries such as Australia, China, France, and Ghana. She spent the 2014–2015 school year as a Nieman Journalism fellow at Harvard University. In 2018, she served as a fellow and journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. Turner is the author of two novels, Only Twice I’ve Wished for Heaven and An Eighth of August. In 2018, she established the Dawn M. Turner and Kim D. Turner Endowed Scholarship in Media at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven"

-- Black Caucus Literary Award, 1998

-- American Library Association, 1998


-- "Three Girls from Bronzeville"

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Library Journal

-- *Best Book of the Fall, People Magazine

-- *Best Book of the Fall, Entertainment Weekly

-- *Best Book of the Fall, Vogue

-- *Best Book of the Fall, Buzzfeed

-- *Best Book of the Fall, Apple

-- *Best Book of the Fall, Real Simple

-- *September recommended reading, Essence

-- *September recommended reading,

-- *September recommended reading, Ms. Magazine

-- *September recommended reading, Fortune

-- *September recommended reading, Goodreads