MSNBC anchor Katie Tur said she was “puzzled” when her now estranged father – legendary journalist Bob Tur – told her he was turning into a woman.
“My dad said, ‘I’m a woman,'” Katie Tur told CBS Sunday Morning, recounting their conversation nearly a decade ago while promoting her upcoming memoir, Rough Draft.
And I said, ‘What? And my father said, “I am a woman, I will transform, I will become a woman.”
The 38-year-old journalist is the daughter of media couple Marica Gerrard and Zoe Tour – who before becoming a woman gained fame as a helicopter photographer who was the first to photograph pivotal events in Los Angeles, including the 1992 riots and OJ Simpson police manhunt in 1994.
Gerrard, a retired radio journalist and photographer, co-founder and developer of the Los Angeles News Service.
The 2013 phone call would be the last time Tour spoke to her father, who had never met her two children with CBS News star Tony Docobel.
“I remember being at a loss at first and saying, ‘You have to be kidding. You’re kidding, what are you talking about?'”
“My father was adamant,” she said. “I am the wrong person. I will become the right person. Don’t you see? That is why I am so angry.”
“It was really fair, it was a lot,” added Tour, who has made a name for herself as an MSNBC reporter covering Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Tur said her father confessed to violence against his wife and two children, including throwing batteries at her, her brother, and her mother.
Zoe Tur told CBS Sunday Morning that she “failed” her daughter.
“she [Katy] Zoe Tour said:
“No father wants to let his daughter down… Throwing the batteries? Probably, yes. Perforating the walls? There was a couple.”
Zoe Tur said her behavior while marrying Gerard was due to her inability to be her true self.
She said she made the decision to move while sitting in a hotel room in Florida. She said that if she had not become a woman, she would have ended her life.
In 2016, Zoe Tur said in an interview that her exit as a transgender caught her daughter and ex-wife by surprise.
“They knew I was bisexual. That was okay. Transgender stuff, no. No, that crossed the line,” Zoe Tour said.
Initial Draft was published by Simon & Schuster.