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Cory Turner

Senior Editor, NPR Ed

Cory Turner edits and reports for the NPR Ed Team. He's led the team's coverage of the Common Core while also finding time for his passion: exploring how kids learn — in the classroom, on the playground, at home and everywhere else.

Before coming to NPR Ed, Cory was Senior Editor of All Things Considered. There he worked closely with the staff and hosts to make sure the right questions were asked of the right people at the right time. As the show's editor, Cory was its narrative custodian: story architect, correction czar, copy writer and polisher, guardian of the show's "voice," and the person by the phone when the hosts had an emergency question.

Before coming to NPR, Cory lived in Los Angeles and, hoping for a way in to public radio, answered phones at the network's Culver City studios. In 2004, a two-week temporary assignment booking for The Tavis Smiley Show led to regular work on NPR News with Tony Cox and News & Notes with Ed Gordon. In 2007, he won two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.

In 2000, Cory earned a master's in screenwriting from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. There he wrote a short film that has seen more of the world than he has, ultimately screening at the Sundance Film Festival and selling to HBO. He also wrote a feature film for Magnolia Pictures.

You can reach him at dcturner@npr.org.

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Education Secretary DeVos Acknowledges Problems With Teacher Grant Program

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Kaitlyn McCollum teaches at Columbia Central High School in Tennessee. After being told her TEACH grant paperwork was late, her grants were converted to loans. "I'm on the phone in between classes ... trying to get all of this information together, crying, trying to plead my case," she says. Stacy Kranitz for NPR hide caption

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Education Department Launches 'Top-To-Bottom' Review Of Teachers' Grant Program

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After a gunman killed eight students and two teachers at the high school in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday, memorials to the victims were created. Cory Turner/NPR hide caption

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'I Don't Want To Leave My House': Santa Fe's Invisible Wounds

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Santa Fe Shooting: What Happens Now?

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Why More Than A Million Teachers Can't Use Social Security

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Arizona teachers and education advocates march in front of the Arizona Capitol highlighting low teacher pay and school funding in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Walkouts And Teacher Pay: How Did We Get Here?

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Students work in an elementary school classroom in North Carolina. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Disparities Persist In School Discipline, Says Government Watchdog

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Alvin Irby, founder of Barbershop Books, is on a mission to get kids reading in the barbershop. Nickolai Hammer/NPR hide caption

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Turning Kids Into Readers, One Barbershop At A Time

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News Brief: Kim Jong Un In China, Gerrymandering At The Supreme Court

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The TEACH grant helps teachers-to-be pay for college or a master's. But many teachers, like Maggie Webb (left) and David West, say when they began teaching, they were forced to pay it back. Kayana Szymczak and Sean Rayford for NPR hide caption

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Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans

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