Molly Turner Broadcast Scholarship

In honor of the late Molly Turner, SPJ Florida is awarding $1,000 to an aspiring female broadcast journalist.

For consideration, the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A female pursuing a career in broadcast journalism
  • A Florida resident attending (or planning to attend) a Florida university or college
  • A full- or part-time student
  • A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA


Winners will be announced by July 2, 2018. Good luck!

Application must include the following:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Copy of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Copies of all transcripts from institutions in which you have taken courses
  • An essay of up to 500 words based on the prompt in the application.
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Any other supporting documentation, such as: resume, relevant coursework, samples of your abilities, accomplishments, etc.


2018: Alexandra Avelino

2017: Simone Nelzi

About Molly Turner

Molly Turner headshotKnown as the “first lady of South Florida news,” Molly Turner was the former WPLG-Ch. 10 Miami news personality, making her the first female reporter and anchor in South Florida. Turner got her start in television in 1951, when her mother suggested she audition for a singing job on the “Uncle Martin Show,” a country-western show on the then-WTVJ Channel 4 Miami. She played Cousin Effie, the hillbilly country singer with fiery red hair, painted-on freckles, and blacked-out teeth.

She later went into producing, working on commercials and a morning show. She joined WPLG in 1960 as the public service director and midday anchor. In 1969 Post Newsweek bought Channel 10 and they asked Turner to become a reporter, making her the first female reporter in the region.

Turner began winning awards and earning national attention, giving young women in broadcasting someone to look up to. Longtime WPLG anchor and friend, Dwight Lauderdale, described Turner as “the moral compass of the newsroom . . . thorough in her research, open minded – always making sure both sides of the story were told.” Turner spent nearly 40 years on television, paving the way for generations of female broadcasters and journalists.

Even after retiring, Turner continued to make her mark by becoming one of the founders of The Women’s Park­­­—the first park dedicated to women in the United States in 1992.

SPJ Florida takes great honor in remembering Molly Turner and is pleased to do so by offering a scholarship in her name. Her daughter, Lyle Landon, described a time when Turner’s granddaughter asked her for some work advice. Turner said: “Find something you are good at, do it well and try to help somebody.”

Questions: Email Scholarship Committee chairwoman, Christiana Lilly at


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