Today's THV Anchor Matt Turner Dies in One-Vehicle Accident

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 11:27 am  

Matt Turner (Photo by Today's THV)

Matt Turner, the new news anchor for Gannett Co.-owned CBS affiliate KTHV-TV, Channel 11, in Little Rock, died Saturday in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 30 in Benton. He was 32 years old. 

Arkansas State Police said Turner's 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe was heading westbound on I-30 at the 111 mile marker. 

The vehicle left "the right side of the interstate and into the grassy median striking a concrete base for a highway sign. The vehicle came to a stop and caught fire," the report said.

Police said time of the accident was 7:30 p.m. It lists weather condition as "rainy" and road condition as "wet."

Turner was the only person in the vehicle. He is survived by his wife, Julee, and their daughter Preslee, along with his mother Lisa and brother Andy.

A visitation is set for Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3rd Street Baptist Church in Turner's hometown of Arkadelphia. KTHV reports that a funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, also at the church. Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home in Arkadelphia is handling the arrangements.

Julee Turner issued a statement on Twitter Sunday afternoon: "I appreciate the love & prayers from everyone! I can't comprehend what has happened to the love of my life. Please continue to pray for us!"

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Turner had been an on-air reporter and anchor for Nexstar Broadcasting-owned NBC affiliate KNWA-TV in Fayetteville since 2003. Hired by legendary sports anchor Mike Nail, he quickly moved up in the newsroom, covering sports and eventually being promoted to news anchor in 2006.

Turner was among the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's 2009 40 Under 40 class. That year, he told the Business Journal that he "follows two rules when delivering the nightly news for KNWA: Don't try to imitate anybody and don't make it too complicated.

"My job is really pretty simple," he said. "Read the news, report the news, and be myself when the time is right."



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