Katy Tur, MSNBC journalist and author of the 2017 book Rough Draft, is known for being a straight-shooting reporter who has called out racism and other forms of sexism while covering some of the most high-profile news stories in recent years. But the anchor and journalist says she didn’t always feel that way about herself. “For the longest time I feared I was being judged by my looks,” she told CNN’s Megyn Kelly on her podcast this week. “I dreaded people asking for pictures or just knowing who I was dating.”
When Tur dated Keith Olbermann, she said she felt even more of that stigma. “When I was with him, I was always worried that people thought I got my job because of me and him,” she recalled. “That stayed with me for years.”
Her parents, who were both news helicopter pilots, often worked together from the same helicopter on events like the O.J. Simpson car chase and 1992 Los Angeles riots. Growing up with such an intensely public lifestyle, Grey admitted she struggled with a lack of self-esteem and was constantly seeking validation through her appearance and fame. After a second surgery, she decided to rethink her life and began putting more value on herself. “Now I try to find ways to earn my worth, not to look a certain way.”
Throughout her career, Tur has been an advocate for women in the workplace and has criticized the “sexist” ways she feels that Donald Trump’s campaign has treated female journalists. She also spoke out against sexism in journalism in her book.
Most recently, she has been covering the derailment of a Metro-North train in New York City, and she’s set to host a special for NBC News about the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. She also has a role as a correspondent for NBC News in London.