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

Janice Turner
ResidenceCamberwell, London, England
Known forColumnist and feature writer for The Times
Ben Preston (m. 1995)
RelativesPeter Preston (father-in-law)

Early lifeEdit

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.

Turner won Comment Journalist of the Year at the 2018 British Journalism Awards but was criticised by transgender rights activists for her writing on trans issues, including "children sacrificed to appease trans lobby" and "The battle over gender has turned bloody";[7] Trans activist Helen Belcher (co-founder of Trans Media Watch) accused Turner, via her writing in The Times, of causing the suicides of trans people. Turner vigorously denied Belcher's allegations.[8] The Times defended her reporting and called for a "far broader" debate about how notions of gender identity undermine women's protections under the Equality Act.[9] Belcher lost her complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation.[10]

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 lifeEdit

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,[11] 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 Janice Turner, The Times Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "US". Retrieved 7 January 2018.[dead link]
  5. ^ "British Press Awards nominees". 4 March 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via
  6. ^ Busfield, Steve (20 March 2006). "British Press Awards as they happened ..." Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via
  7. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (11 December 2018). "Buzzfeed's LGBT editor worried by transgender media coverage as Times columnist Janice Turner urges free debate on issue". Press Gazette. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ Turner, Janice (20 October 2018). "Suicides should never be a political weapon". Retrieved 26 March 2019 – via
  9. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (22 October 2018). "Times withdraws from comment awards over treatment of columnists as it defends 'diversity of opinion'". Press Gazette. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  10. ^ Medialawyer, P. A. (26 April 2019). "Activist loses IPSO complaint against Janice Turner column in Times about trans suicides". Press Gazette. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  11. ^ Hodgson, Jessica (15 April 2002). "Turner leaves Real life behind". Retrieved 7 January 2018 – via