Zoey Tur

; June 8, 1960) is an American broadcast reporter.As a broadcast reporter, and eventual 10,000-hour commercial pilot,Tur created the Los Angeles News Service with fellow reporter and former wife Marika Gerrard. The Los Angeles News Service was the first to use anin a major city for the coverage of live breaking news,and the first to televise a high-speed police chase.Other noteworthy reporting included theattack on Reginald Dennyduring the1992 Los Angeles riotsand finding the crashsite ofPacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771.Tur was also the first to locate and televiseO.J. Simpsons slow-speed chase in 1994.

As a team, Tur and Gerrard received three Television NewsEmmy Awards;[8]twoEdward R. Murrow Awards[9]for broadcast excellence (for her reporting on the1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and a feature on Jewish Americans leaving their homes for Israel at a time of war); anAssociated PressNational Breaking News award; and TheNational Press Photographers Association(NPPA) Humanitarian Award.[10]

Tur dropped out of college at age 18 in 1978.[11]

In 1988, Tur was credited by theLos Angeles Timeswith saving the lives of 54 people during a freak southern California storm in January 1988.[12]

In 1991, theFederal Aviation Administration(FAA) revoked Turs pilots license for reckless flying after a complaint from theLos 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.[13][14]

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 documentaryPolice Camera Action!withAlastair StewartcalledThe Man Who Shot OJ.

In August 2006, Tur was cited by Israeli medics for saving the life of anIDFsoldier during the2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[15]

In 2007, Tur hosted a documentary series onMSNBCcalledWhy They Run.[16]The show reported on why criminal suspects ran from police, and included interviews with those actually involved in the countrys most notorious police pursuits.

In February 2015, Tur was hired byInside Editionto appear on three episodes.[17][18][19]In February and March 2015, Tur appeared onCNN, onTMZ, and onDr. Drew On CallonHLN.[20]

In 2016, Tur appeared in several episodes of the30 for 30miniseriesO.J.: Made In America. The series features archival footage as well as her recollections of her coverage of the1992 Los Angeles riotsin episode 2 and of the June 17, 1994 police chase ofO.J. Simpsonin theO.J. Simpson murder casein episode 3.

Turs 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.[21]

In June 2013 Tur announced having gender identity disorder,[22]and in 2014 revealed that she was undergoinghormone replacement therapy.[23]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. Its a medical condition that was treated. Im cured. Im done. Its not a mental illness. There are differences in the brain.[24]

Advocates for transgender rights have widely criticized Turs public statements abouttrans women, the legitimacy oftrans mengender stereotypesand the sexuality of trans people.[clarification needed]OnDr. Drew On Callin March 2015, she sparked controversy by saying that a transgender woman using a womens locker room at a MichiganPlanet Fitnesswas 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 includedDana BeyerofGender Rights MarylandShannon Minterof TheNational Center for Lesbian Rights, trans journalistParker Marie Molloy, and trans bloggerMya Adriene Byrne.[25][26][27][21]In the summer of 2013, Tur said during aTMZvideo chat that she didnt believe women can make the same quick, decisive decisions like men when piloting an aircraft.[28]

In July 2015, while onDr. Drew On Calltalking aboutCaitlyn Jenneraccepting theArthur Ashe Courage Award, attorney and formerBreitbarteditor-at-largeBen Shapiroquestioned her genetics and called Tur sir, to which Tur responded by grabbing the back of Shapiros neck and telling him to stop or he would be going home in an ambulance. Shapiro filed a police report charging Tur withbatteryregarding the incident and said that he intended to press charges.[29]The charges were filed and memorialized,[vague]but no further actions were taken.

Zoey Tur Sex Change — Final Detail in Male-To-Female Change.

under TUR, ROBERT A, on June 8, 1960, inLos Angeles County.

New Yorker Magazine-August 1, 1994.

Jerome, Richard; Young, Stanley (September 12, 1994),Chopper Newshounds Bob and Marika Tur are L.A.s Prying Eyes in the Sky,

YouTube Hit With Copyright Suit. NY Times. July 19, 2006

CBS News, 60 Minutes-The Man That Shot O.J.

Variety and Daily Variety Television Reviews, 1993-1994

KCBS News Radio-San Francisco-Loma Prieta Earthquake-October 17, 1989.

National Press Photographers Association Humanitarian Award. National Press Photographers Association

Richard Jerome (September 12, 1994).Hot Shots.

When they met in 1978, Tur was an 18-year-old college dropout employed as a part-time wire service reporter and photographer…

Gathering More Than News Editorial Section-January 20, 1988.

Reporter wins malicious prosecution suit; jury awards $550,000.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Superior Court of California No. BC075051. Hon. Victor E. Chavez.

HDNews (VOOM), News 12-Long Island.

Ariens, Chris (September 4, 2007).MSNBC Ramps Up Doc Production. Media Bistro

Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015).Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights.

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 Turs 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 were done.

Rothaussrothaus, Steve (January 29, 2015).Transgender TV news reporter Zoey Tur, formerly Chopper Bob, joins Inside Edition

Is transgender community ready for close-up?. Usatoday.com. January 31, 2015

Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015).Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights.


Goldstein, Sasha (2014-06-19).Rival chopper pilots who covered O.J. Simpson chase now are transgender women.

O.J. Chopper Pilot — Completes Sexual Reassignment.

Sidner, Sara (July 21, o helicopter pilots share O.J. Simpson chase — and gender reassignment.

Mitch Kellaway (March 23, 2015).Trans Reporter Zoey Tur in Hot Water Over Remarks on Trans Bodies, Rights.

Zack Ford (March 20, 2015).An Imperfect Spokesperson: The Transgender Backlash Against Zoey Tur.

Dana Beyer(March 12, 2015).Locker Room Frenzy Returns: Planet Fitness, Zoey Tur and the Politics of False Movement Messiahs.

TMZ Staff (June 12, 2013).Bob Tur Famed Chopper Pilot To Become a Woman.

Walker, Lauren (July 21, 2015).Editor Ben Shapiro Files Police Report Against Transgender Reporter After Heated TV Exchange.

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