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Rough Draft: A Memoir

Rough Draft: A Memoir

by Katy Tur
Rough Draft: A Memoir

Rough Draft: A Memoir

by Katy Tur


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What makes Katy Tur tick and how does she write she such a cracking, great story? Indelible parental input? Determination and daring? A lot of heart, empathy and retrospection? These and certainly more make Rough Draft a riveting play-by-play of this journalist’s life, in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


“It’s a hell of a story.” —The New York Times
“A stunning and revelatory memoir.” —Oprah Daily

From MSNBC anchor and instant New York Times bestselling author Katy Tur, a shocking and deeply personal memoir about a life spent chasing the news.

When a box from her mother showed up on Katy Tur’s doorstep, months into the pandemic and just as she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she didn’t know what to expect. The box contained thousands of hours of video—the work of her pioneering helicopter journalist parents. They grew rich and famous for their aerial coverage of Madonna and Sean Penn’s secret wedding, the Reginald Denny beating in the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and O.J. Simpson’s notorious run in the white Bronco. To Tur, these family videos were an inheritance of sorts, and a reminder of who she was before her own breakout success as a reporter.

In Rough Draft, Tur writes about her eccentric and volatile California childhood, punctuated by forest fires, earthquakes, and police chases—all seen from a thousand feet in the air. She recounts her complicated relationship with a father who was magnetic, ambitious, and, at times, frightening. And she charts her own survival from local reporter to globe-trotting foreign correspondent, running from her past. Tur also opens up for the first time about her struggles with burnout and impostor syndrome, her stumbles in the anchor chair, and her relationship with CBS Mornings anchor Tony Dokoupil (who quite possibly had a crazier childhood than she did).

Intimate and captivating, Rough Draft explores the gift and curse of family legacy, examines the roles and responsibilities of the news, and asks the question: To what extent do we each get to write our own story?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982118181
Publisher: Atria/One Signal Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 34,084
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Katy Tur is the anchor of Katy Tur Reports on MSNBC, a correspondent for NBC Nightly News, and the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbelievable. Tur is the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 "I've Decided to Become a Woman" 7

Chapter 2 "Like an Angel" 15

Chapter 3 "How Dare You. I'm Your Daughter" 37

Chapter 4 "You're Bob Tur's Kid" 53

Chapter 5 "Princess" 65

Chapter 6 "Bob Tur Is Dead" 83

Chapter 7 "Send Me Now!" 95

Chapter 8 "Zis Ees Not What We Do en France" 107

Chapter 9 "I Hear You Have a Crazy Father Too" 125

Chapter 10 "Now the Fun Begins" 143

Chapter 11 "Thinks She Is Cronkite" 161

Chapter 12 "She Left? … She Left" 173

Chapter 13 "KatyTur, Go Home!" 179

Chapter 14 "Fake News Anchor" 185

Chapter 15 "We've Got to Get Him Out Now" 193

Chapter 16 "Can I See Your Nipples?" 203

Chapter 17 "It's Gonna Be Great" 215

Chapter 18 "Happy New Year!" 225

Chapter 19 "Are We Going to Keep Our Jobs?" 229

Chapter 20 "Congratulations! Today Is Your Day" 233

Epilogue 247

Acknowledgments 255

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