KC Star hires veteran journalist Bill Turque

Bill Turque joins The Star from The Washington Post.
Bill Turque joins The Star from The Washington Post.

The Kansas City Star has hired veteran journalist Bill Turque to cover Kansas City government.

For Turque, the assignment returns him to the publication and beat that helped establish his career.

From 1977 to 1981, Turque covered City Hall in Kansas City for The Star and worked on its projects desk. He shared in the Pulitzer Prize that The Star’s staff received for its coverage of the 1981 skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

“It was a foundational experience and a great learning experience,” Turque said of his first years at The Star.

Lynn Horsley, The Star’s City Hall reporter for nearly two decades, will turn her attention on Johnson County government to break news and cover city leaders, politicians and government officials.

Turque said he knew he was “stepping into big shoes following Lynn Horsley.”

A native of New York City, Turque called Kansas City his second hometown.

Turque rejoins The Star from The Washington Post where he started in 2002 and most recently covered government and politics in Montgomery County, Md. He also has covered education, reported on the 2012 presidential campaign and served as assistant Maryland editor at The Post.

During 15 years at Newsweek, Turque served as a Detroit correspondent and White House reporter.

He wrote “Inventing Al Gore,” a biography of the then-vice president seeking the presidency. Turque also had worked at the Dallas Times Herald as a City Hall reporter and national correspondent.

As The Star’s City Hall correspondent, Turque will serve as a watchdog, helping residents understand how the mayor, City Council and city departments handle tax dollars and deal with critical issues. He also will cover news and profile key figures.

Turque is married to Melinda Henneberger, who joined The Star’s editorial board in January.

Mark Davis: 816-234-4372, @mdkcstar