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Full NameMarika Gerrard
First NameMarika
Last NameGerrard
Birth CountryAmerica
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseZoey Tur
EducationMasters Degree in Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree in Law from University of California
Date of Birth1955

Marika Gerrard is a retired American journalist and photographer who is best known as the ex-wife of Bobby Tur, a transgender who currently goes by the name Zoey Tur.

In the 1980s she established a news company Los Angeles News Service along with her ex-husband.

Married, Husband, Affair

She was married to Zoey Tur, previously known as Bobby Tur. She met her ex-husband in 1978 at Westwood Bruin Theatre and experienced love at first sight. 

The fact that Bobby was five years younger did not affect their love for each other and soon they started dating.

Marika Gerrard Ex-Husband
Marika Gerrard Ex-Husband Source: answersafrica

On their first date, the love-struck couple attended a flying lesson together which was quite romantic. 

They took a step forward in their relationship and soon they started living together. In 1983 they were blessed with their first child Katy. 

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They got married after their first child and in 1985 they were again blessed with another child James Tur.

Marika Gerrard Children
Marika Gerrard Children Source: Marrieddivorce

The couple was living a blissful life until things changed and they finally got divorced in 2003. The reason for divorce was not disclosed but when Bobby came out publicly as a transgender everything was clear. 

He changed his name to Zoey Tur and stated that he always wanted to be a woman. Zoey now has made a name for herself in the news and entertainment industry.

Marika has retired as a photographer and a journalist and is doing well in her life. Her children are grown up and are professionally successful in their life. 

Her daughter Katy is an author and broadcast journalist with NBC News while her son James is medical personnel.

As of now, Marika is single and there is no rumor about her affair.

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Zoey Tur wanted to commit suicide?

Marika’s ex-partner Zoey shared her part of the story in conversation with WOW Presents. Zoey says that there was something different about her since she was five or six. 

However, Zoey shared there were no words or conversations she would have. Further revealing, she didn’t know how to express it. 

But, when Zoey tried to express it, she told she had an abusive father. Zoey made a lot of trips to the emergency room and developed a love for medicine, she added. 

She said towards her entire career, she knew that she was transgender, but her kids were growing up too. 

Later, when her kids were stable and were all successfully grown adults, Zoey decided to reveal the truth. 

Lastly, she confronted if she had to stay in that closet any longer, Zoey would have committed suicide. 

Nevertheless, she also admitted that it was hard for her to come out as she had developed some impressions towards the audience as she belongs to the media world. 

Elaborating, Zoey says that as she had portrayed that character for so long that it’s tough to be who you are. 

Zoey also reveals going out with the doctor and many more. To know in detail, click the link below.

Seeing the world through Zoey’s perspective

Zoey was not hoping to get a public reaction so positive after the documentary about her was aired. Zoey said that the people had mentioned her specifically. 

Other than that, she was also being stopped on the street by black men who wanted to take selfies with Zoey and provided their phone numbers. 

Zoey liked the reaction she was getting. Later on, asking about transforming from street reporter to air reporter, Zoey shared that to know the breaking news, there is no great way than using a helicopter. 

She elaborated that at daylight hours with traffic, this way is a clogged artery claiming helicopter as a natural progression. 

She recalls going out with her own money. By 22, Zoey had talked about getting her credit for a helicopter. 

Marika’s daughter talked about her parents

Marika’s daughter Katy shared about her childhood days and relationship with them. When asked how did she see her parents as a kid?

Katy replied, stating that her mom and dad were the coolest people in the world. She recalled the days of having a helicopter. 

She shared how she used to go up there in a helicopter. Katy also revealed that she knew how to fly a helicopter. 

Katy confronted experiencing a unique and interesting childhood that no others had. 

Little Katy then went on the wildest ride where she was captured, explaining a crash scene in the documentary whirlybird. 

Katy remembers how the images at that time were wild. She said sitting in the front row and literally feeling the flames in the helicopter. 

She was just four, five, six, seven, eight nine years old. She had also published her book recently titled “Rough Draft.” 

Marika also shared flying in the helicopter at that dangerous moment. Thinking about it now feels ridiculous. 

She shared that she and her daughter were in the air performing dangerous stuff as they are both mothers to kids, and if something happens to them, what are their children going to do? 

Nevertheless, Marika mentioned how they both were so excited at that time and claimed it was a fun experience. 

Katy admitted how her dad was demanding and abusive and became violent most of the time. 

Katy shared her dad would come home and shows anger and eventually hit his fist through a wall. She also recalls her dad throwing batteries at her mom, Marika

Katy confronted the violence that was always present in the family, which kind of felt normal and made her think that’s how the relationship works. 

Katy elaborated that in relationships, you get angry, then get violent, yell, and scream, and then, at last, everything gets fine. 

Katy said the reason, despite all those actions by her dad, they didn’t call the police as she said if Bob Tur was in the police, he can’t make any more money which indeed means they can’t buy groceries then. 

This was the main reason they kept it going. 

Net Worth

According to sources, she has an estimated net worth of around $500 thousand. She has accumulated a lucrative fortune from her career as a journalist and photographer.

The average salary of an American journalist is around $39484 per year

Similarly, a photographer earns an average salary of $63688 but we can assume she earns more than average because of her experience.

Below is the list of top photographers and their net worth:

Photographer NameNet Worth
Andreas Gursky$30 million
Annie Leibovitz$20 million
Morgan Norman$18 million
Gilles Bensimon$30 million
Timothy Allen$1.6 million
Cindy Sherman$35 million
Marco Grob$100000 
George Steinmetz$100000 
Nick Brandt$100000
Lynsey Addario$1 million 

She started her career working for the LA Times where she covered several popular stories like the killings of the Laurel Canyon

She also worked as an aerial videographer for 17 years where she video graphed the OJ Simpson road chase in 1994 and the attack on Reginald Denny during the 1992 riot. 

Her news business Los Angeles Service which she co-founded with her ex-husband Bobby manufactured and licensed video and audio recordings of major occurrences.

Their company had agreements with multiple networks including news radio stations such as KNX, KCOP, KCBS-TV, and more.

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She is a recipient of 3 television news Emmy Awards. In 1989 she was honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reports on the Loma Prieta Earthquake

She received another Edward R. Murrow Award for her reports on Jewish Americans abandoning their homes. 

She has also received Associated Press National Breaking News Award and National Press Photographers Association Humanitarian Award.

Info and Highlights (Age, Birthday, Height)

  1. As of 2019, her age is 63 years.
  2. Her exact birth date is not known.
  3. She is American.
  4. She belongs to the White ethnicity.
  5. She has an average height with a set of beautiful black eyes and black hair.
  6. In the 1992 riots, she was shot at by the rioters while in a helicopter.
  7. We cover most of the information about Marika Gerrard as it is difficult to find on other wiki sites.
  8. She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1955. As per her biography, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then graduated with a Master's Degree in Philosophy.
  9. She has not disclosed any information about her parents or siblings.
Updated On Thu Sep 22 2022 Published On Sat Oct 05 2019 By paper-boat

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