Coury Turczyn joined ORNL as a science writer in 2019, covering the scientific research and computational advancements being conducted on OLCF supercomputer systems.

Coury has worked in different communications fields over the years, though much of his career has been devoted to local journalism. He helped create Knoxville’s nationally award-winning alternative news weekly, Metro Pulse, in 1991 and served as its managing editor for nine years; he returned to the paper in 2006 as its editor-in-chief, until its closure in 2014. In 2015, he and two other former Metro Pulse editors dared to start a new weekly paper, the Knoxville Mercury, based on a hybrid nonprofit ownership model. (It didn’t work out as planned.)

In between his journalism stints, Coury worked as a web content editor for, the G4 cable TV network, and At all of these jobs, and as a freelancer, Coury wrote lots and lots of stories.


Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)