Bob Tur to Become a Woman; Helicopter Pilot-Reporter to Go By Zoey

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Bob Tur, a famed helicopter pilot-reporter who covered the L.A. riots of the early 1990s and the 1994 O.J. Simpson freeway chase, is becoming a woman.

Tur is in the process of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to make the sex change.

Bob Tur Picture
Bob Tur Pic

"It's a genetic disorder that happens in utero," says Tur. "You're born with a female or feminized brain ... You think you're a woman, but you're [biologically] a man."

She says she's only been on the hormones for 35 days but is already changing.

"Mental changes have already happened. ... I'm thinking the same way a woman would think. About the five-month mark, you won't recognize me," says Tur.

"My body is changing, my skin, hair is changing, and I'll have a female shape."

"Breasts start growing and I'll lose body hair. About 12 months, there are another couple of surgeries. Facial feminization surgery and sexual reassignment surgery."

Tur says she is "done hiding" and writes on Facebook, "Hi, my new name will be Zoey. Glad to have you as a friend. Thank you for your kind words."

"[Wednesday] I'm publicly out. Oprah's network is looking at reality show."

When the change is complete, Tur's name will change from Robert to Zoey.

She was previously married and has two children, plus dated actress Carrie Fisher for two years. One of Tur's children is Katy Tur, a reporter for NBC News.