Jonathan Turner is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, based in Moline. He also writes about business and human-interest features for the daily paper. Jonathan has covered several beats at the paper, since joining the staff in 1995. He’s worked full-time as a journalist since 1988, including daily and weekly papers in Connecticut. His work has been honored by the National Newspaper Association, Illinois Associated Press, the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Moline Preservation Society.
Jonathan is passionate about historic preservation, and has often written about key historic places and people in the Quad-Cities. An accomplished piano player (having studied music at Oberlin College and Indiana University), he has performed for 45 years, and is currently accompanist at Zion Lutheran Church in Davenport, the main piano player for the monthly Bucktown Revue variety show, and plays occasionally at The Grape Life wine store and lounge in Davenport.
Jonathan has accompanied local productions of “Chicago,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Sweeney Todd,” and served as music director/pianist for a Harold Arlen revue. In 2010, Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline premiered his original musical “Hard to Believe,” based on the Book of Job, for which he wrote the music and some lyrics. He wrote a church service setting in 2003, which continues to be performed to this day.
Jonathan lives in Bettendorf, with his wife, Betsy, and has two sons, Alex (23) and Josh (17).