The Washington Women Technology Network gathered some of the most powerful women in media, politics, and tech this morning at the Jefferson Hotel in D.C. to celebrate the success of MSNBC anchor Katy Tur’s new bestselling memoir, Rough Draft.
Jessica Nigro, Global Head of Public Policy at Lucid Motors, and Tammy Haddad, CEO of Haddad Media, joined forces to co-host the powerhouse breakfast and intimate conversation with the New York Times bestselling author.
Following welcome remarks from Jessica Nigro, Tur recounted some of the highs and lows highlighted in her memoir, including her 510 days on the road covering Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as the hard challenges she faced in her personal life and the hopes and aspirations she held for the future.
In a deeply raw and personal way, Tur also opened up about her parents – legendary news journalists in their own right – and what it was like growing up exposed to their rocky marriage and often abusive relationship. Her father was a news helicopter pilot and journalist in Los Angeles, and her mother, the cameraman. Tur, who often took flight chasing news with her parents, writes, “I felt more comfortable [in the helicopter] than I felt in my own bed.”
The breakfast ended with guests asking the author questions, some serious, and some fun, such as:
“So was there a car-seat in the helicopter?”
“Of course…our dog was there too,” was Katy’s easy reply.
SPOTTED: Katy Tur, Jessica Nigro, Tammy Haddad, Peggy Collins, Liz Hart, Alexa Verveer, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Heather Podesta, Amira Aly, Kris Coratti, Veronica Deleon, Susan Fox, Kimberley Fritts, Juleanna Glover, Anne Marie Lewis, Nat Lingo, Julissa Marenco, Kelley McCormick, Susan Page, Rachel Pearson, Elizabeth Ralph