Katy Tur

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Katy Tur
Tur at South by Southwest in 2017
Tur at South by Southwest 2017
Katharine Bear Tur[1]

(1983-10-26) October 26, 1983 (age 35)[2]
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
EducationBrentwood School
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
OccupationJournalist, news anchor
Years active2005–present
Tony Dokoupil (m. 2017)
ChildrenTheodore Dokoupil (born 2019)
Parent(s)Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur

Katharine Bear Tur (born October 26, 1983)[1] is an American author and broadcast journalist working as a correspondent for NBC News. Tur is an anchor for MSNBC Live and has reported for the NBC news platforms Early Today, Today, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, WNBC-TV, MSNBC, and The Weather Channel.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tur is the daughter of journalists Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard. She graduated from Brentwood School (2001),[4] and from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2005) with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.[5][6] She is of Jewish descent on Zoey's side.[7][8]


Tur reported for KTLA, HD News/Cablevision, News 12 Brooklyn, WPIX-TV, and Fox 5 New York.[2][9] Later on, Tur worked as a storm chaser for The Weather Channel on the network's VORTEX2 team.[10]

NBC News[edit]

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.[2] 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.[11]

Covering the Trump campaign[edit]

Tur was the network's embedded reporter for the 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 NBC possessed.[12]

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.[13] According to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, "[Trump] didn't mean it in any malicious way",[14] and he did not want anyone to attack or harass her.[15]

In 2017, Tur received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.[16]

Tur reflected on covering the Trump campaign and his treatment of her at campaign rallies in an article for Marie Claire.[17] 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.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

From 2006 to 2009, she dated then-MSNBC political commentator and sportscaster Keith Olbermann.[2] Tur married Tony Dokoupil, a correspondent for CBS News, on October 27, 2017, in Utah.[20][21][22]

Tur announced on December 13, 2018, that she was pregnant.[23] On April 13, 2019, Tur gave birth to Theodore Dokoupil.[24]

Tur had a falling out with her transgender father, Zoey Tur, and the two did not speak for several years.[25]

Tur is a fan of the jam band Phish, often making references to the band and incorporating their lyrics into her reporting.[26]

Tur is fluent in Spanish.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "October 15, 2018". The Beat with Ari Melber. October 15, 2018. MSNBC. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Torregrosa, Luisita (June 10, 2017). "'You Can't Rattle Her': Katy Tur on the Rise". The New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Katy Tur bio". WNBC-TV New York. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Chasing Politics in front of the camera". Brentwood Magazine: 49. Spring 2016.
  5. ^ "MSNBC's Keith Olbermann Finds His Niche as a Bush-Bashing Hero for Lefties". Nymag.com. April 16, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "'Trust' - Fun Stars Enjoy Love Fest". NY Daily News. New York. August 9, 2006. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Solomon, Daniel J. (December 12, 2016). "Meet the Jewish Transgender Reporter Ben Shapiro Mocked at Yeshiva U." Jewish Daily Forward.
  8. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (July 1, 2016). "The World According to Zoey Tur: An Interview With the Breakout Star of 'O.J.: Made in America'". Hollywood Reporter. Is the family Jewish? We're Jewish in culture, but not really observant.
  9. ^ Dabholkar, Shweta. "Katy Tur Wiki: Everything You Need to Know about The NBC News Reporter Taunted by Donald Trump". Earn the Necklace. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Olbermann's Girlfriend Katy Tur Joins The Weather Channel". Mediabistro.com. May 11, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Katy Tur". Reporters Info. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Abramson, Jill (September 12, 2017). "A Memoir by Donald Trump's Favorite Target". Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. As a reporter for NBC, Tur was assigned the task of alerting the Trump campaign to the now notorious “Access Hollywood” tape.....
  13. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (November 3, 2016). "Trump Creepily Singles Out Reporter At Florida Rally (Again)". Huffington Post.
  14. ^ Char Adams (November 3, 2016). "#ImWithTur: Journalists Rally Behind NBC News' Katy Tur After Trump Singles Her Out to Taunting Crowd in Florida". People.
  15. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (November 3, 2016). "Trump Creepily Singles Out Reporter At Florida Rally (Again)". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ "Jorge Ramos, Jake Tapper, and Katy Tur Will Each Receive 2017 Walter Cronkite Award". TV Newser. March 17, 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Katie Tur (August 10, 2016). "My Crazy Year with Trump". Marie Claire.
  18. ^ Lozada, Carlos (September 12, 2017). "Katy Tur's insider memoir chronicles the Trump campaign — and the indignities of reporting while female". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  19. ^ Tur, Katy (2017). Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History. New York: Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-062-68492-9. OCLC 981577557.
  20. ^ Siegler, Mara. "Katy Tur eloping fiance Tony Dokoupil this weekend". Page 6. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  21. ^ "Katy Tur Twitter".
  22. ^ "The Morning After: Impact of Trump's immigration order -- Inside Koch World and the Alfalfa Dinner -- Sunday Best -- Katy Tur is Engaged -- B'day: Paul Ryan". Politico. January 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  23. ^ Juneau, Jen (December 13, 2018). "Baby Boy on the Way for MSNBC Live's Katy Tur". People Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "MSNBC's Katy Tur welcomes first child — see the sweet photo". TODAY.com. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Zoey Tur Slams Daughter Katy Tur for Being 'Transphobic' in Blistering Facebook Post". Mediaite. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  26. ^ MSNBC, A Phishy New Year | Katy Tur | MSNBC, retrieved January 24, 2019

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