Known for his versatility as a professional writer, editor and storyteller across an array of digital and print mediums, Jared Turner brings nearly 20 years of invaluable experience to the communications field.
Jared’s vast portfolio of published short-form and long-form work includes human interest stories, deadline event coverage, news writing, ghostwriting, blogging, product advertorials, opinion pieces and commentaries, in-depth analysis, promotional copy, marketing campaigns, newsletters, press releases, and targeted mailings for large donor bases.
Jared’s written works have appeared at or in SportingNews.com, NASCAR.com, FOXNews.com, NASCAR Scene Magazine, NASCAR Pole Position Magazine, Out of the Groove Weekly Viewer’s Guide (a weekly digital NASCAR magazine), The Roanoke Times, The Greensboro News & Record, Frontstretch.com, The Collegiate Times, and more than 50 NASCAR event souvenir programs that include several Daytona 500 programs for which he was the lead writer. Jared now works as a full-time content editor for leading automotive websites, including Motor1.com, Automoblog.net, AutoGuide.com and Carchex.com, all while coaching writers on his team through consistent feedback and one-on-one meetings. He continues to write for Out of the Groove and is in his 13th year as a freelance writer for NASCAR Pole Position after recently spending a few months as a freelance mortgage writer.
Jared has been a featured guest on Sirius XM Radio and iHeartRadio, interviewed 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees and more than 50 other well-known personalities within NASCAR, and boasts more than 1,500 Twitter followers — mostly NASCAR fans who’ve come to appreciate his coverage and colorful commentary of the sport for more than a decade.
Jared’s areas of writing and editing expertise include not only motorsports (NASCAR, Formula One and IndyCar) and the automotive sector, but also the mortgage industry, religion, the non-profit sector, and community/high school/college sports. A self-described “Type A people person,” Jared loves making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. He also welcomes a variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics and religion and enjoys engaging in informed, civil discourse about issues that affect the world around him and the world at large.
Jared received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech where he graduated magna cum laude, double majored in Communication and Psychology, and earned induction into Phi Beta Kappa and other academic honor societies. He also earned the John Eure Award in Journalism, which recognizes the senior most engaged in student media and other professional activities. One month prior to graduation, Jared began a full-time job as a writer for The Roanoke Times after two years of working as a freelance writer for the newspaper while still a student. Jared went on to earn a Virginia Press Association award with the newspaper, which he left in 2008 to take his first job as a full-time NASCAR writer and editor.
Jared is one of the original members of the Hollerin’ Hokies — a passionate group of basketball-loving students who made their presence felt at Virginia Tech games and later became known as the Cassell Guard. Jared enjoys spending as much time as possible at his beloved alma mater and considers Virginia Tech his second home. Jared lives in Charlotte, North Carolina but takes advantage of every opportunity to visit campus (often with family) for big events, especially basketball games and football games.
Jared is a firm adherent to the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim — “That I May Serve” — and considers it part of his life’s mission to share hope, encouragement and a helping hand with the people around him.