Dorie Turner Nolt, press secretary of the US Dept. of Education/former AP reporter


I’ve always known Dorie Turner Nolt as a journalist, and her credentials were impressive. But when she took a job as the press secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, I knew I needed her as a guest on the podcast. In our chat, we talk about the consequences of a journalist going to the “dark side” world of public relations, how she views a reporter’s job now that her paradigm has shifted, how the Associated Press (her former employer) has adjusted to a new age of journalism, and why she would uproot her life for a job she knows she’s not going to have in three years after the current presidential administration leaves office.

Plus, you need to hear her story on how she became the Chattanooga Times Free Press’ 9/11 reporter as a 22-year-old fresh out of college. Frankly, Turner provides one of the best stories we’ve ever heard on this podcast.

And at the end, I couldn’t help but tell my shaking-hands-with-George-W-Bush story that gets a little explicit at the end (and not because of anything President Bush did).

Interviewed on 1-10-14

2 responses to “Dorie Turner Nolt, press secretary of the US Dept. of Education/former AP reporter

  1. Enjoyed this very much! What a smart young lady! It really seems like her heart is in the right place, we need more like her in D.C.

  2. Sylvia Hooker

    Hello Dori,

    This is Sylvia formerly from GADOE. How wonderful that Mr. Duncan has tapped such a supportive individual. I understand that he is coming to GA in August. Is there some way that we can give recognition to the 9 schools that have been removed from Georgia’s Priority List over the past two years.
    Please give me a call as this accomplishment as a result of US ED support should be recognized. These schools, their leaders and staff have done incredible work.

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