Katy Tur Biography & Facts
Katherine Bear Tur (born October 26, 1983) is an American author and broadcast journalist working as a correspondent for NBC News. Tur is an anchor for MSNBC Reports, where since 2021 she has hosted Katy Tur Reports, airing from 2:00-3:00pm ET weekdays on MSNBC. She has also reported for the NBC news platforms Early Today, Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, WNBC-TV, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.
Tur is the daughter of journalists Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard. She graduated from Brentwood School (2001), and from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2005) with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She is of Jewish descent.
Tur reported for KTLA, HD News/Cablevision, News 12 Brooklyn, WPIX-TV, and Fox 5 New York. Later on, Tur worked as a storm chaser for The Weather Channel on the network's VORTEX2 team.
In 2009, Tur joined NBC's local station in New York City, WNBC-TV, and then rose to the flagship NBC News at the national network level. That year she was awarded AP’s Best Spot News Award for coverage of the March 2008 crane collapse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. While at NBC News, she covered the death of Cory Monteith, a motorcycle attack on an SUV, and the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Trump campaign correspondent
Tur was the NBC News and MSNBC's embedded reporter for the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. As a reporter for NBC, Tur was assigned the task of informing the Trump campaign about the Access Hollywood tape featuring Trump's conversation with Billy Bush about women that the network had in possession.On several occasions during his campaign rallies, Trump singled out Tur in his criticism of the press. At an event in Florida, Tur was booed by Trump supporters and, according to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, verbally harassed. According to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, "[Trump] didn't mean it in any malicious way", and he did not want anyone to attack or harass her.In 2017, Tur received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.Tur reflected on covering the Trump campaign and his treatment of her at campaign rallies in an article for Marie Claire. In September 2017, Tur published a book, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, recounting her experience in covering the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The book spent several weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.
From 2006 to 2009, Tur was in a relationship with then-MSNBC political commentator and sportscaster Keith Olbermann. Tur married Tony Dokoupil, a correspondent for CBS News, on October 27, 2017, in Utah. She announced that she was pregnant with their first child together on December 13, 2018. She gave birth to a son on April 13, 2019. She also has two stepchildren from Dokoupil's first marriage. In January 2021, she revealed that she was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a daughter on May 13, 2021.Tur is a fan of the jam band Phish, and has occasionally made reference to the band and has incorporated their lyrics into her reporting. She is fluent in Spanish.Tur had a falling out with one of her parents, Zoey Tur, and the two did not speak for several years. In her 2022 book Rough Draft: A Memoir, Tur details her parents' achievements, as well as her relationship with them while being raised as the daughter of "parents as broadcast pioneers who often put themselves in harm's way".
Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History (Dey Street, 2017)
Rough Draft: A Memoir (Atria/One Signal Publishers, 2022)See also
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