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Katy Tur and the ‘Unbelievable’ year of Trump

Katy Tur is an NBC News Correspondent and an anchor on MSNBC Live.
Tucson Festival of Books
Katy Tur is an NBC News Correspondent and an anchor on MSNBC Live.

Katy Tur is an NBC correspondent that covered President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and was even singled out by Trump at his campaign rallies.

Her memoir, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History,” is an inside look at her experience becoming a political reporter and what it took to work on one beat for over a year. Tur will be part of the panel “The Making of Trump,” on Saturday, March 10 during the Tucson Festival of Books.

“I wanted to take the reader behind the scenes in a way that’s very hard to do when you’re just doing a game-change sort of book,” Tur said. “I want to take you behind the scenes, what it was like to be covering the campaigns and what the life of a reporter is.”

Her book foreshadows current news headlines and also talks about what was learned from the campaign and what it means for the present. 

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“I asked him back in July 2016 if he was really serious about asking Russia to interfere with American politics and hacking the system of a political opponent, let alone an American, and he was like, ‘Yes, I’m very serious,’” Tur said.

At her panel on March 10, she will talk about how her book is an insight to who Trump is, how he operates and how people around him operate.

On the campaign trail, Tur took notes when she had a spare moment while covering the campaign and used them to make the manuscript for her book.

“I didn’t start writing the book until after it was over,” Tur said. “I’m not sure even if I wanted to I could; I was doing a live shot about 10 times a day, and I was waking up on the plane, doing nightly news, reporting, writing articles for the website and tweeting all sorts of things and listening to Donald Trump in campaign rallies. There was barely any time for sleep, let alone time to write a book.”

Tur will be in two events, “The Making of Trump” discussion in the Gallagher Theater at 1 p.m. and “Unbelievable: The Craziest Campaign in American History,” an interview by NPR reporter Scott Simon in the Student Union North Ballroom at 4 p.m. Both events will be on Saturday, March 10.

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