Send Katy Tur on Vacation

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Just like most Americans (and a lof the rest of the world) we're watching this election with a mixture of shock, fear, trepidation, disgust, and shame. To see the mud being slung is unprecedented: never seen in my lifetime, in most of ours. It's not inuendo, it's outright slanderous.

But at least we get to watch from our living rooms.  Reporter Katy Tur has to face it every day from the battlefield, from the trenches. She gets cursed, threatened, spit on, and has to go back and do it again the next day.  It got so bad one time she needed to be escorted from the venue to her car by the Secret Service. She is the living embodiment of the First Amendment.

We believe she deserves a vacation when this nightmare is over. We are raising money to send her on one, hopefully at least enough for a weekend away, a long, relaxing weekend. Glass of wine (or three?), good steak dinner, creme brulee with rasberries for dessert (am I projecting?). Maybe a show. Of the good kind.

Can we do this? Can we give Katy a break?

Edit. I've been asked by the good folks at gofundme to fill in some info about this campaign.

1. Who I am - kim morris, listed in the info already.
2. Where I'm from - Connecticut, listed in the info already.
3. My relationship to the parties you're raising funds for - I have no relationship to Katy Tur, except I am a news consumer, as most Americans are, and most of the world is, following this campaign towards the White House.
4. How the funds will be spent (be specific as possible) - - - Ms. Tur will be spending the funds as she sees fit, on decompressing from this ptsd-inducing churning wringer that the press is being subjected to on a daily basis.
5. How I intend to get the funds to those in need - As we get closer to the funding date 11.9,  I will be contacting NBC, and her agent, to discuss disbursment of the funds.

Edit I'm moving Update 3 to the front page, so everyone sees it first.

Hello folks! The world is a small place. We have reached the ears of Katy, and she has answered. This morning I received a message from Katy Tur, I share it here with you all now.

Thank you. This is hilarious and hugely flattering. I do need a vacation.


But this money shouldn't go to my post election margarita fund. I have a solid job and supportive network behind me. If you wouldn't mind, I would be honored if you could forward this money to the Rory Peck Fund.

It supports journalists who do not have an influential news network behind them. They are reporters who go to war zones and hostile environments as freelancers. Or reporters who live in countries where freedom of the press does not exist. They risk their lives to keep us informed. The Rory Peck fund helps keep them and their families protected.

Thank you to everyone for watching, caring, and fighting for us!! (Also thank you for reminding me that a beach and a cold drink are on the horizon)


From Rory Peck's website:

Our mission

The principal objectives of RPT are to provide practical assistance and support to freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide, to raise their profile, promote their welfare and safety, and to support their right to report freely and without fear.

Our beliefs

We believe that freelancers play an important and integral role within newsgathering, and see the Trust's role in protecting and supporting them as a practical and significant contribution to independent journalism and the free flow of information.

Our history & work

The Rory Peck Trust was set up in 1995 in memory of freelance cameraman Rory Peck, who was killed in Moscow in 1993. RPT remains totally independent and relies on contributions from corporations, trusts, foundations and individuals to carry out its work. Based in London, we work globally with a range of international and local partners. Find out about our patron, board, associates and staff.

~~This is Kim again.
Monday, 8.22.16, I will be contacting the RPT to arrange transfer of funds to them, but I will keep this campaign open, as promised, until 11.9, the day after the Presidential campaign. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed, and to everyone who still will, knowing where your dollars will help.

And Katy, if you're still listening, we are too. Thank you for all you, and your colleagues do, every day, for the First Amendment.
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I have yet to read the book, but it's on my nightstand. I will start as soon as I finish What Happened.

I know she had stalkers. She had someone send her roses to work, said they'd wait. Secret service escorting her from the floor of the rally is something we've all heard about.

What an amazing person, and I'm again thanking you for going on the fundraising journey with me in her honor. It was well-deserved.
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Last update! Congratulations to Katy Tur!
She's won the The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism!
With reporters, news media and even the truth under assault, the winners of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism demonstrate that the legacy of the longtime CBS anchor is alive and well.

Read the full PRESS RELEASE and view winning entries below. The trophies will be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday, April 28.

At the awards event in 2005, Cronkite warned that “it’s going to be, to a large degree, up to us in television and radio, in broadcasting” to equip Americans “to perform the act of intelligently selecting our leaders…. If we fail at that, our democracy, our republic is, I think, in serious danger.”

Announcing the winners, USC Annenberg Professor and Lear Center Director Marty Kaplan said, “Today, at this seriously dangerous moment for our democracy, these Cronkite Awards honor journalists, stations and networks stepping up to their civic responsibility to tell Americans the truth.”

We are so proud of you, Ms. Tur, and could not have made it through the campaign, and what has happened after, without you. #PressOn
Video entry for the judges
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Good morning, evening, afternoon. Whatever the case may be, the sun came up this morning, the birds are still singing. And News is still being made. But Katy is going on vacation Soon! We all hope she has a wonderful time, and if she shares a picture of a beach, mountain, meal, I'll be sure to post it here.

I want to thank you all for the support you've shown her and the Rory Peck Trust throughout this fundraising course. What started out as a motherly desire for Katy to have a night away from the crassness of the Trump crazies, has turned into a sizeable donation to a foundation that supports journalists all over the world. From a tiny acorn a mighty oak tree grows, together we've raised almost $2700 for the Rory Peck Trust.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and thank you Katy. Happy Vacation!
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I've got ~35 hours left on this fundraising clock, so I thought I'd post a link to who is actually benefiting from this fundraising. The Rory Peck Trust was set up in 2005 in honor and memory of Rory Peck, by his widow Juliet, who passed in 2007. Since then it's been helping journalists around the world get the news out. Please read this post about how the fund started, and share with anyone you think might be interested in a freer-er, and more open, press.
Juliet Peck
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Kathleen Doyle
25 months ago

She deserves it!

Margaret Pereira
25 months ago

This woman deserves it more than anyone! She's an intelligent and awesome reporter. Keep on keeping on Katy!

G.r. Miller
25 months ago

Can I go with her?

Keith Franklin
25 months ago

This should cover a couple of nice drinks with umbrellas

25 months ago
MJ Eibel
25 months ago

Katy has endured so much in covering "T" - I can't even print his name. It made me cry for her the night she tweeted that "a man who looked just like my Grandpa just came up and spit on me." No one should have to take that kind of disrespect and abuse when doing their job!! This behavior has been fueled by the person running for the Presidency! "T" has also singled her out to the point that she had to have Secret Service protection to leave an event. Horrific! It is amazing that all of this has not broken her spirit. It shows what a terrific person she is to offer the money raised here to help other journalists. God Bless Her. May she have a great vacation!!

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