Janice Turner

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Janice Turner
Residence Camberwell, London, England
Occupation Journalist
Known for Columnist and feature writer for The Times
Ben Preston (m. 1995)
Relatives Peter Preston (father-in-law)

Janice Turner is a British journalist, and a columnist and feature writer for The Times.

Early life

Turner was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.[1] She went to Ridgewood School[2] in the north of Doncaster. She attended the University of Sussex, where she spent a year as an elected Student Union Officer and edited the Unionews magazine. She should not be confused with Janice Turner who was chair of the Young Liberals from 1983-1985 who is also a journalist and who is the journal editor and diversity officer of the trade union BECTU.


Before taking up her present post, Turner was a magazine editor for several women's titles, launching That's Life and Real. She left to write occasional columns for The Guardian and wrote a column about magazines for the Press Gazette.

Turner won Interviewer of the Year in the 2014 British Press Awards. She was shortlisted for best columnist in 2005,[3] 2007,[4] and 2008,[5] 2016 (highly commended) and 2017. She was shortlisted for best interviewer in 2006 and 2017.[6] She was short-listed for the 2017 Orwell Prize.

In 2016, she won the award "A Woman's Voice" in the Editorial Intelligence awards which she declined with the following statement:

'Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female.' Simone de Beauvoir wrote those words in 1949. And in journalism, they are still true. Marina, Rosamund, Mary and I have written about elections, war, Brexit, celebrity, poverty, refugees,sport... But whatever women columnists write, and however well we write it, our words are heard only in a minor key. A woman's voice. I would be letting down the many talented female human beings on British newspapers if I accepted this award.

Personal life

Turner married Ben Preston, executive editor of The Sunday Times, a former editor of the Radio Times, and a former deputy editor of The Times,[7] and the son of Peter Preston, in 1995. The couple have two sons. She lives in Camberwell, South London.


  1. ^ "Regeneration in the newspapers: Fast train set to pull in new business". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  2. ^ Turner, Janice. "Can you succeed if you go to a comp?". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ "British Press Awards - first shortlists". Press Gazette. 11 February 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 19 September 2018 – via archive.is. Janice Turner, The Times
  4. ^ "US". Retrieved 7 January 2018. [dead link]
  5. ^ "British Press Awards nominees". 4 March 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  6. ^ Busfield, Steve (20 March 2006). "British Press Awards as they happened ..." Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ Hodgson, Jessica (15 April 2002). "Turner leaves Real life behind". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
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