Katy Tur

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

(1983-10-26) October 26, 1983 (age 38)[2]
EducationBrentwood School
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
OccupationJournalist, news anchor
Years active2005–present
(m. 2017)
Parent(s)Marika Gerrard
Zoey Tur

Katherine 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.[7][8]


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

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.[10]

Trump campaign correspondent[edit]

Tur was the NBC News and MSNBC's embedded reporter for the Donald Trump presidential campaign.[11] 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.[12]

On several occasions during his campaign rallies, Trump singled out Tur in his criticism of the press.[13] At an event in Florida, Tur was booed by Trump supporters and, according to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, verbally harassed.[14] According to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, "[Trump] didn't mean it in any malicious way",[15] and he did not want anyone to attack or harass her.[16]

In 2017, Tur received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.[17]

Tur reflected on covering the Trump campaign and his treatment of her at campaign rallies in an article for Marie Claire.[18] 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.[19][20] The book spent several weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.[21]

Personal life[edit]

From 2006 to 2009, Tur was in a relationship with then-MSNBC political commentator and sportscaster Keith Olbermann.[2] Tur married Tony Dokoupil, a correspondent for CBS News, on October 27, 2017, in Utah.[22][23][24] She announced that she was pregnant with her and Dokoupil's first child together on December 13, 2018.[25] She gave birth to a son on April 13, 2019.[26] She also has two stepchildren from Dokoupil's first marriage.[27] In January 2021, she revealed that she is pregnant with her second child. [28] She gave birth to a daughter on May 13, 2021.[29]

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.[30] She is fluent in Spanish.[10]

Tur had a falling out with Zoey Tur, and the two did not speak for several years.[31]


  • Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History (Dey Street, 2017)

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'". The Hollywood Reporter. Is the family Jewish? We're Jewish in culture, but not really observant.
  9. ^ "Olbermann's Girlfriend Katy Tur Joins The Weather Channel". Mediabistro.com. May 11, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Katy Tur". Reporters Info. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "Katy Tur | The FRONTLINE Interviews: Trump's Road to the White House". PBS. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  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. ^ Gross, Terry (September 12, 2017). "Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign". NPR. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (November 3, 2016). "Trump Creepily Singles Out Reporter At Florida Rally (Again)". Huffington Post.
  15. ^ Char Adams (November 3, 2016). "#ImWithTur: Journalists Rally Behind NBC News' Katy Tur After Trump Singles Her Out to Taunting Crowd in Florida". People.
  16. ^ Rebecca Shapiro (November 3, 2016). "Trump Creepily Singles Out Reporter At Florida Rally (Again)". Huffington Post.
  17. ^ "Jorge Ramos, Jake Tapper, and Katy Tur Will Each Receive 2017 Walter Cronkite Award". TV Newser. March 17, 2017. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  18. ^ Katie Tur (August 10, 2016). "My Crazy Year with Trump". Marie Claire.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. October 21, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Siegler, Mara. "Katy Tur eloping fiance Tony Dokoupil this weekend". Page 6. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  23. ^ Tur, Katy [@KatyTurNBC] (February 12, 2017). "Odds on @tonydokoupil and me making it out still engaged?" (Tweet). Retrieved December 6, 2019 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ Juneau, Jen (December 13, 2018). "Baby Boy on the Way for MSNBC Live's Katy Tur". People Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  26. ^ Vivinetto, Gina. "MSNBC's Katy Tur welcomes first child — see the sweet photo". TODAY.com. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  27. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (April 16, 2019). "MSNBC Live's Katy Tur Welcomes Son Theodore with Husband Tony Dokoupil — See His First Photo". People. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  28. ^ Kast, Catherine (January 25, 2021). "MSNBC anchor Katy Tur pregnant with baby no. 2". Page Six. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  29. ^ Mastrangelo, Dominick (May 17, 2021). "Katy Tur announces birth of second child". The Hill.
  30. ^ MSNBC (December 31, 2018). "A Phishy New Year | Katy Tur | MSNBC". Retrieved January 24, 2019 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ Hod, Itay (June 13, 2017). "NBC's Katy Tur Slammed by Transgender Parent: 'She's Transphobic'". TheWrap. Retrieved April 14, 2020.

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