Zoey Tur has joined “Inside Edition” as the nation’s first transgender television reporter during February.
“We are thrilled to have Zoey join ‘Inside Edition’ as Special Correspondent and make some TV history,” said the magazine show’s executive producer, Charles Lachman, in a statement.
Formerly known as Chopper Bob, Tur made a name for herself as a helicopter pilot who covered the infamous O.J. Simpson police pursuit in 1994 and the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
Tur will discuss her transformation on Tuesday’s show and will pilot her first helicopter since the gender reassignment surgery on Wednesday.
“There’s diversity in nature, so why not the media? I want to thank ‘Inside Edition’ for their support in what’s shaping up to be America’s last civil rights fight,” Tur said.
11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD and TheWrap partner to bring you these takes on representations in TV and Film
Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."