Unbelievable: The Trump Campaign and Katy Tur

Katy Tur, Author, Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History; Correspondent, NBC News; Anchor, MSNBC Live.

Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator

“Look back there! ‘Little Katy,’ she’s back there,” said then presidential candidate Donald Trump as he pointed to reporter Katy Tur amidst a packed rally in December 2015.

Over the course of sixteen months, Tur, an NBC and MSNBC correspondent, took the high road as she devoted her life to covering the 2016 presidential campaign and in particular, now-President Donald Trump. A former foreign correspondent, Tur began her stint on the Trump campaign under the impression that she’d be back home in London in just six weeks, but her experiences on the campaign trail altered her career and life forever. From being publicly asked by candidate Trump to “be quiet” during a press conference to needing Secret Service protection to escort her to her car safely, Tur received personal and professional critiques from President Trump and beyond on a regular basis. It didn’t stop there: she was threatened by rowdy crowds both online and in her everyday life, but in response, thousands of her supporters took to Twitter to applaud her efforts. By the end of the campaign, Tur was a new journalism star and at just 33, her profile continues to rise. Today, she’s a correspondent for NBC News and an MSNBC Live anchor.

In her new book Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, Tur shares her eye-opening, first-hand accounts of being an embed reporter on the 2016 presidential campaign, her thoughts on the current media landscape and President Trump, while exposing the intrigue and power at play in the 2016 election.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.