“Little Katy”

NBC reporter recounts the “scary” and “remarkable” moments of covering Trump for the last year


Katy Tur has spent the past year of her life traveling around the country reporting on the phenomenon of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In an essay for Marie Claire magazine, Tur recounts endless stays in hotel rooms, pre-sunrise wake-up calls and morning live shots on camera, meals consisting of Cheez-Its and peanut butter, and the challenges of making the same travel wardrobe look new for the cameras each day. But all of that was easy compared to the challenge of taking on Trump, she writes. At a rally in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, last December, Trump, angry with something Tur had tweeted, began talking angrily about a reporter he referred to as “Little Katy.”

“She’s back there. Little Katy. She’s back there,” he said and then pointed his finger at her, saying that her tweets were a lie.

“What a lie. Katy Tur. What a lie it was. Third. Rate. Reporter. Remember that,” he said.

Tur wrote that the crowd’s boos “ricocheted off of the iron hull of the USS Yorktown.”

She had been covering Trump for six months at that point, on an assignment she never planned to get while she was living in London as a foreign correspondent for the network. She happened to be in New York City when Trump announced he was running for president, and the network asked her to cover it. Tur took the job, quickly arranging a one-on-one interview with Trump in which she challenged him on his political views. It ran three times in eight hours on MSNBC — and Trump was furious with it. He criticized her for stumbling on questions, and tried to insult her.

“’You’ll never be president,’ he said. I laughed. What else was I supposed to do?” she writes.

Tur is one of a core group of female reporters who have flown around the country covering Trump this year, the first women-led politics team in network news history, and while she doesn’t expect that anything else will be as scary as that crowd in Mount Pleasant, Tur said that the only rule this campaign season seems to be “that there are no rules.” She also goes on in the piece to candidly reveal some of the personal sacrifices she’s made due to her non-stop lifestyle over the last year.

Watch Tur’s interview with Trump below.

Read the full essay at Marie Claire.


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