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Zoey Tur
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Robert Albert Tur

(1960-06-08) June 8, 1960 (age 58)
Other namesBob Tur
OccupationReporter, journalist
Spouse(s)Marika Gerrard (1980–2003)
ChildrenTwo, including Katy Tur

Hanna Zoey Tur[1] (born Robert Albert Tur /tʊər/; June 8, 1960) is an American broadcast reporter.[2][3] As a broadcast reporter, and commercial pilot,[4] Tur created the Los Angeles News Service with fellow reporter and then–wife Marika Gerrard. The Los Angeles News Service was the first to use an AStar helicopter in a major city for the coverage of live breaking news,[3] and the first to televise a high-speed police chase.[5] Other noteworthy reporting included the attack on Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and finding the crashsite of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771.[6] Tur was also the first to locate and televise O.J. Simpson's slow-speed chase in 1994.[7]

As a team, Tur and Gerrard received three Television News Emmy Awards;[8] two Edward R. Murrow Awards[9] for broadcast excellence (for her reporting on the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and a feature on Jewish Americans leaving their homes for Israel at a time of war); an Associated Press National Breaking News award; and The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Humanitarian Award.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Born to a Jewish family,[11][12] Tur dropped out of college at age 18 in 1978.[13]


In 1988, Tur was credited by the Los Angeles Times with saving the lives of 54 people during a freak southern California storm in January 1988.[14]

In 1991, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revoked Tur's pilot's license for "reckless flying" after a complaint from the Los Angeles City Fire Department.[5] In 1995, a California Superior Court ruled against the Los Angeles Fire Department for suborning perjury in the original FAA action, awarding $550,000 and ruling that "public employees are not immune from liability for malicious prosecution if they instigate the prosecution through fraudulent, corrupt or malicious misrepresentations".[15][16]

Tur has been credited with locating seven missing aircraft.[5] In February 1996, Tur broadcast the San Diego County Transit System bus hijacking. In December 1996, Tur appeared in a two-part episode of the ITV documentary Police Camera Action! with Alastair Stewart called The Man Who Shot OJ.

In August 2006, Tur was cited by Israeli medics for saving the life of an IDF soldier during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[17]

In 2007, Tur hosted a documentary series on MSNBC called Why They Run.[18] The show reported on why criminal suspects ran from police, and included interviews with those actually involved in the country's most notorious police pursuits.

In February 2015, Tur was hired by Inside Edition to appear on three episodes.[19][20][21] In February and March 2015, Tur appeared on CNN, on TMZ, and on Dr. Drew On Call on HLN.[22]

In 2016, Tur appeared in several episodes of the 30 for 30 miniseries O.J.: Made In America. The series features archival footage as well as her recollections of her coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots in episode 2 and of the June 17, 1994 police chase of O.J. Simpson in the O.J. Simpson murder case in episode 3.

Personal life[edit]

Tur's 23-year marriage to Marika Gerrard came to an end in 2003. The couple had two children: Katy, a news reporter, and James, a medical student.[23]

In June 2013 Tur announced that she is transgender,[24] and in 2014 revealed that she was undergoing hormone replacement therapy.[25] In August 2014, following gender reassignment surgery, she applied to a court to change her name and gender from male to female.[1] Reflecting on her transition in a 2017 interview, Tur stated, "What I have is not political. It's a medical condition that was treated. I'm cured. I'm done. It's not a mental illness. There are differences in the brain."[26]

In a 2017 Facebook post Tur revealed that her transition had caused a rift with her daughter Katy, who was "terrified" to meet her post-transition and who Zoey Tur believes does not support the LGBT community.[27]

Views on transgender rights[edit]

Advocates for transgender rights have widely criticized Tur's public statements about trans women, the legitimacy of trans men, gender stereotypes and the sexuality of trans people.[clarification needed] On Dr. Drew On Call in March 2015, she sparked controversy by saying that a transgender woman using a women's locker room at a Michigan Planet Fitness was a dangerous predator; she said that the trans woman was really going to the bathroom to "perv out on women".[citation needed] Her critics have included Dana Beyer of Gender Rights Maryland, Shannon Minter of The National Center for Lesbian Rights, trans journalist Parker Marie Molloy, and trans blogger Mya Adriene Byrne.[28][29][30][23] In the summer of 2013, Tur said during a TMZ video chat that she didn't "believe women can make the same quick, decisive decisions like men when piloting an aircraft."[31]

In July 2015, while on Dr. Drew On Call talking about Caitlyn Jenner accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, attorney and former Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro questioned her genetics and called Tur "sir," to which Tur responded by grabbing the back of Shapiro's neck and telling him to stop or he would be going home in an ambulance. Shapiro filed a police report charging Tur with battery regarding the incident and said that he intended to press charges.[32]


  1. ^ a b "Zoey Tur Sex Change -- Final Detail in Male-To-Female Change". Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905-1995 under TUR, ROBERT A, on June 8, 1960, in Los Angeles County.
  3. ^ a b New Yorker Magazine-August 1, 1994.
  4. ^ FAA pilot records.
  5. ^ a b c Jerome, Richard; Young, Stanley (September 12, 1994), "Chopper Newshounds Bob and Marika Tur are L.A.'s Prying Eyes in the Sky", People, retrieved October 1, 2009
  6. ^ "YouTube Hit With Copyright Suit". NY Times. July 19, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  7. ^ CBS News, 60 Minutes-The Man That Shot O.J.
  8. ^ Gerard, Jeremy (June 7, 1993). Variety and Daily Variety Television Reviews, 1993-1994. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  9. ^ KCBS News Radio-San Francisco-Loma Prieta Earthquake-October 17, 1989.
  10. ^ "National Press Photographers Association Humanitarian Award". National Press Photographers Association. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Solomon, Daniel J. (December 12, 2016). "Meet the Jewish Transgender Reporter Ben Shapiro Mocked at Yeshiva U." Jewish Daily Forward.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Richard Jerome (September 12, 1994). "Hot Shots". People. Retrieved March 19, 2015. When they met in 1978, Tur was an 18-year-old college dropout employed as a part-time wire service reporter and photographer...
  14. ^ "Gathering More Than News" Editorial Section-January 20, 1988.
  15. ^ "Reporter wins malicious prosecution suit; jury awards $550,000". Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. September 20, 1994. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  16. ^ Superior Court of California No. BC075051. Hon. Victor E. Chavez.
  17. ^ HDNews (VOOM), News 12-Long Island.
  18. ^ Ariens, Chris (September 4, 2007). "MSNBC Ramps Up Doc Production". Media Bistro. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  19. ^ Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015). "Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights". The Advocate. Retrieved March 23, 2015. This week, Inside Edition confirmed to The Advocate that the show has ended its relationship with Tur, but claimed the decision was not influenced by the increasing outcry about Tur's public comments. "It was just a part-time assignment, for February sweeps," co-executive producer Esther Pressin stated. "She did three stories for us, and we're done."
  20. ^ Rothaussrothaus, Steve (January 29, 2015). "Transgender TV news reporter Zoey Tur, formerly Chopper Bob, joins 'Inside Edition'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  21. ^ "Is transgender community ready for close-up?". January 31, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  22. ^ Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015). "Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights". The Advocate. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  23. ^ a b Lorraine Ali (March 31, 2015). "FOR ZOEY TUR, A NEW LIFE AS TRANSGENDER WOMAN TAKES FLIGHT". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  24. ^ Goldstein, Sasha (2014-06-19). "Rival chopper pilots who covered O.J. Simpson chase now are transgender women". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  25. ^ "O.J. Chopper Pilot -- Completes Sexual Reassignment". Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  26. ^ Sidner, Sara (July 21, 2017). "Two helicopter pilots share O.J. Simpson chase -- and gender reassignment". CNN. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  27. ^ "Zoey Tur Slams Daughter Katy Tur for Being 'Transphobic' in Blistering Facebook Post". Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  28. ^ Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015). "Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights". The Advocate. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  29. ^ Zack Ford (March 20, 2015). "An Imperfect Spokesperson: The Transgender Backlash Against Zoey Tur". ThinkProgress. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  30. ^ Dana Beyer (March 12, 2015). "Locker Room Frenzy Returns: Planet Fitness, Zoey Tur and the Politics of False Movement Messiahs". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  31. ^ TMZ Staff (June 12, 2013). "Bob Tur Famed Chopper Pilot To Become a Woman". TMZ. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  32. ^ Walker, Lauren (July 21, 2015). "Editor Ben Shapiro Files Police Report Against Transgender Reporter After Heated TV Exchange". Newsweek. Retrieved December 21, 2016.

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