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Zoey Tur

Zoey Tur

American broadcast reporter and scientist
Zoey Tur
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Intro American broadcast reporter and scientist
A.K.A. Bob Tur, Robert Tur
Is Journalist
From United States of America
Type Journalism
Gender transgender female
Birth 8 June 1960, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 60 years
Star sign Gemini
Spouse: Marika Gerrard
Children: Katy Tur
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Hanna Zoey Tur (born Robert Albert Tur /tʊər/; June 8, 1960) is an American broadcast reporter and commercial pilot who created Los Angeles News Service with fellow reporter and then-wife Marika Gerrard.

Early life and education

Born Robert Allen Tur to a Jewish family, Tur dropped out of college at age 18 in 1978.


Los Angeles News Service was the first to use an AStar helicopter in a major city to cover breaking news, and the first to televise a high-speed police chase. Tur's other noteworthy reporting included the attack on Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and finding the crash site of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771. Tur was also the first to broadcast O.J. Simpson's slow-speed chase on June 17, 1994.

As a team, Tur and Gerrard received three Television News Emmy Awards and Edward R. Murrow Awards for broadcast excellence, an Associated Press National Breaking News award; and The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Humanitarian Award.

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. In 1994, 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".

Tur has been credited with locating seven missing aircraft. 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.

In 2007, Tur hosted a documentary series on MSNBC called Why They Run. 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. In February and March 2015, Tur appeared on CNN, on TMZ, and on Dr. Drew On Call on HLN.

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 Tur's recollections of covering 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

Zoey Tur at Beach

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.

In June 2013, Tur publicly came out as transgender, and in 2014 revealed that she was undergoing hormone replacement therapy. In August 2014, following gender reassignment surgery, she applied to a court to change her name and gender marker from male to female. 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."

In 2017, Tur said in an interview that her daughter Katy had become estranged from her because of Tur's transition. Katy said in response that they "were not on speaking terms for a little while" but that it wasn't because of the transition.

Views on transgender rights

During a TMZ video chat in the summer of 2013, Tur described her understanding of one practical impact of the changes in her brain over the course of her hormone replacement therapy in piloting terms. Tur stated, "...you start thinking with white matter as opposed to men thinking with gray matter, so, where I was able to make split decisions flying and being in really rough conditions, weather conditions, I don't know if I'd be as good a pilot, because now I'm using white matter, and I'm becoming, really... That bridges the left and right brains, and you become [a] consensus builder, you start becoming more analytical, not as impulsive as you are when you're a guy." In their editorial comments, TMZ interpreted her words as meaning that she "doesn't believe women can make the same quick, decisive decisions like men when piloting an aircraft."

Tur’s 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.

In July 2015, while on Dr. Drew On Call talking about Caitlyn Jenner accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards ceremony, political commentator 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. Shapiro said he did so to teach the left a lesson. Tur said the report was Shapiro's attempt to stay in the news.

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