Katy Tur is famous for being an American broadcast journalist and political correspondent. She is best known for working on NBC News platforms including projects like Early Today, Today, NBC Nightly News, and Meet the Press. She has also worked on The Weather Channel.


Katharine Bear "Katy" Tur was born on October 26, 1983 in Los Angeles, California to Hanna Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard. Her father Hanna Zoey Tur was born as Robert Albert Tur. He worked as a journalist which most likely had an influence on the career that Katy eventually chose to pursue

Katy also has a sibling named James, her two years younger brother. Currently he is a medical student and she is a very proud older sister that always tries to give him advice and encourage him as he goes for his dream.

Katy was raised in New York and had many positive life experiences because of the diverse cultures and lifestyles she was able to see in the metropolitan city. She attended Brentwood School and graduated in 2001. She continued her college education at the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in the year 2005.

Journalism Career

Katy started her career in late 2005 as a reporter for the WPIX-TV station. She also worked for News 12 Brooklyn, KLTA during 2007-2008. She also appeared on the HD News/Cablevision channel. Then Katy worked as a storm chaser for The Weather Channel on the network's VORTEX2 team since 2009. As the main journalist for The Weather Channel, she also covered major national events like the Winter Olympics in Canada and the Louisiana BP Gulf Oil Spill.

The respected and highly praised reporter won the 2009 award for AP’s Best Spot News for her coverage of the collapse of a crane on the Upper East Side in the year 2008. Katy left The Weather Channel in the 2010 but she was happy with the experience she built for a national channel.

In the year 2009, Katy Tur joined NBC News at NBC's flagship station, WNBC-TV. During that time on the network, she covered the death of actress Cory Monteith, who was most known for role in the TV series “Glee” and a motorcycle attack on an SUV. Since 2012, she has been working as an anchor and as a correspondent in the TV programs, “NBC Nightly News” along with Lester Holt, “Today” and “Weekend Today”.

Katy appeared on the TV program “The Cycle” in the year 2013. The next year, she also appeared on the MSNBC Live show. In the 2014 Katy, covered the news of the MH-370 search, after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 made headlines as the international passenger flight disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on March 8. During a period between 2014 to 2015, she also worked as a correspondent on NewsNation along with Tamron Hall. Katy Tur also worked as a correspondent in the TV program “The Rundown” in the year 2015.


Donald Trump and Music

In her recent accomplishment, she was asked to cover the Donald Trump presidential campaign for her network as its main campaign reporter. She also wrote a story about her experience for Marie Claire magazine titled, “My Crazy Year with Trump”. Trump has referred to her as “Little Katy,” he also called her a “third-rate” reporter and tweeted out to his followers that Katy Tur should be “fired for dishonest reporting”.

In one of her books, Katy wrote about a moment where she listened to a Phish song while on a flight back from the Trump campaign. For some reason, the moment reignited her passion for the band. In an interview with Live for Live Music, Katy spoke about her love for the band, Phish, “It’s definitely a fair account. At the end of the campaign, in the press, we were getting screamed at and getting spit on and called liars. People would literally walk up to the press pen and stick up their middle fingers at us, or they would say condescending or inappropriate things, or they would yell, “You’ve gotta put on more makeup because you’re ugly!” I mean, just hideous things. I felt like the world was a really heavy place, and I wasn’t finding the everyday little joys in things that I used to. Not to sound hippie-dippy, but I thought back to being seventeen and sitting on a beach—I think I was in Fiji with my parents who were covering the Mier Space Shuttle that was re-entering the atmosphere. At that point, I was heavily into Phish.

The band has been a soft spot for her, even in her younger days, “I remember listening to Billy Breathes and thinking, “What a great soundtrack to life.” I mean, it was beautiful—the area was beautiful, I’m full of hope, I’m a teenager and haven’t been beaten down by life quite yet. I also would listen to Billy Breathes in my car as I was driving around Los Angeles—I just thought it was a really beautiful album to look at the world with.”

Personal Life

Katy’s parents had divorced in the year 2003. She was already old enough to handle the divorce so she did not feel too bad. She was sad that her parents were no longer together but she was old enough to understand that they still loved her and that they would still care about her like they always did.

Katy Tur’s father became a transgender newscaster named Zoey Tur. He revealed that Katy stopped talking to him after he decided to transition from man to woman.

Her ex-partner in life was Keith Olbermann who was also a famous journalist. Katy and Keith met in the 2006 and their relationship continued until things ended 2009. Currently she is single and resides in New York City. Her total net worth is not disclosed by any source because she wants to keep her private details and financial information away from the public and the media.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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