Michael L. Turney, Ph.D., ABC
Professor Emeritus of Communication
& Independent Consultant

Practicing Public Relations Website
Evolved from my former PR class website,
it's no longer just for students.

Online Readings in Public Relations
Includes more than 80 textbook-quality articles
on a wide range of public relations topics.

In addition to teaching and academic administration, my career included news writing, government public information, hosting radio and TV talk shows, conducting public relations and promotional campaigns, and producing multi-media planetarium and museum programs. My titles, employers, and target audiences varied, but I was always trying to provide useful information in a meaningful context.

Now, I'm retired and I'm still doing that, but I have more freedom, flexibility and fun because I'm doing it as an independent consultant and/or volunteer.

ABC - Accredited Business Communicator
International Association of Business Communicators

Ph.D. in mass communication
University of Iowa School of Journalism

    standing and pointing

Being retired doesn't mean
I'm not working.
It means I can choose
what I work on and when.


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My decades at NKU were quite a ride.

From the early days when Nunn Hall was the only building on the Northern Kentucky State College campus to the frustration of preparing Northern Kentucky University for SACS re-accreditation was like a thrill-filled roller coaster. Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I cried. And, sometimes, I wanted to scream. But, what I loved most were the joys and satisfactions of teaching.

Now, I'm officially retired and take delight in being able to ...

  • write and produce whatever I choose;
  • read for pleasure instead of necessity;
  • travel leisurely and without a locked-in itinerary; and
  • live without a wristwatch.

Among my post-retirement projects have been ...

  • a Ken Burns-style documentary about the Sisters of Charity nurses who served during the Civil War;
  • public lectures and on-air discussions about radio news coverage of World War II;
  • a strategic public relations planning workshop for the American Association of Port Authorities;
  • coaching candidates who tested for and successfully achieved IABC professional accreditation; and
  • recruiting and training local field workers for the U.S. Census Bureau.


If you need a communication consultant, teacher, or presenter,

I'm particularly adept at strategic public relations planning,
crisis communication,
hands-on writing workshops, and
explaining the socio-cultural impacts of mass media.

Email turney@nku.edu .

MLT in Costa Rica

22 February 2016