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Troy Turner, left, meets Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the presidential palace in Caracus, Venezuela.

Troy Turner is the editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., which is the largest and most influential media entity in the remote Four Corners region, serving readers in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona as well as the massive Navajo Nation. Troy specializes in two areas of journalism: international relations and civil rights. He holds a master's degree with dual emphasis in both fields, and he has won national journalism awards throughout his career for investigative work, reporting and commentary on a wide variety of topics, including special honors from Columbia University in New York for his work on diversity issues.

Troy received the 2009 Robert G. McGruder Award, a premier journalism honor that recognizes leadership in diversity and combating racism. Received in St. Louis, it is the only award jointly given by the Freedom Forum, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors.

Also among his national honors, Troy received an Inland Press Award in 2008 for his profile story of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez based on a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Caracas; and a Carmage Walls Commentary Prize in 2004 for a portfolio of award-winning columns.

He also is widely recognized for his work in leading community newspapers to their highest levels of achievement, including dailies in Colorado, Alabama and New Mexico.

He has served as a repeat juror to help judge the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia, and he has lectured at universities throughout the U.S., including a fellowship at Washington & Lee University in Virginia. He was a Johns Hopkins University-sponsored Fellow sent to India in 2005, and his other experience abroad includes South Africa, Jordan, Mexico, Venezuela and Europe. Troy is the author of "Colorado's Lost Squadron," a book about fascinating stories of military aircraft and their crews training in Colorado during War World II. He also wrote an in-depth thesis analyzing the influence of journalism on civil rights during the violent post-World War I summer of 1919 when blacks hailed as war heroes in Europe returned to lynch mobs in America. His current projects include work analyzing American Indian border town issues, and also commentary in a call for accountability and ethics among tribal leadership on the Navajo Nation and the poverty there left ignored.

Troy, who grew up in 1960s Alabama, has spent his entire career dedicated to the advancement of cultural diversity and greater understanding on a global level. He has met and interviewed numerous world leaders such as American presidents, Chavez in Venezuela, in India the prime minister of the world's largest democracy, and Arab royalty in the Middle East.

He is the only editor in the United States to have led his paper to winning three consecutive International Perspective Awards, which is the top national award presented annually by APME to recognize work interpreting global developments as local news.

Troy received his early management training during his tenure with the New York Times Co. He has served in a senior role at several sites, including a six-year stint in Alabama at The Anniston Star, leading the highly respected newspaper to several national awards. While serving The Daily Reporter-Herald in Loveland, Colorado, that newspaper was named the best small daily in America.

Troy quickly will tell you that he loves the Rocky Mountain region and he enjoys the diversity and outdoors of the culturally rich Four Corners area. He has coached high school varsity baseball, summer baseball leagues, teaches adult Sunday School, serves as a community volunteer for several events and he is the founder of the non-profit "Glove with Love" campaign to collect used and new baseball gloves for the underprivileged. He serves as the director of scouting with Major League Baseball and the NCAA for the Connie Mack World Series, held annually in Farmington, New Mexico.

He also is the proud father of three children in their late teens: Courtney, Audrey and Shane.