An Iowa news reporter came out as a transgender woman during her local news show.
Nora JS Reichardt, a versatile journalist for Local 5 News in Des Moines, Iowa, reintroduced herself to the community on the same day that she legally changed her name.
“I didn’t know if there was a place and space for me to do this type of work that I really love and enjoy while at the same time being myself while doing it,” she said during her segment.
The 24-year-old explained that she’s thought about her gender identity since high school, but growing up in a rural area and society wasn’t as open about gender as it is today, she couldn’t even find the words to express it Your feelings.
Reichardt says she realized something was wrong after she started working as a reporter and didn’t “connect” with the person on screen.
She began hormone treatments and the medical transition in September 2021.
“There was a decent amount of time where everyone in my life knew me as Nora, except for the viewers back home,” Reichardt said.
Reichardt stepped back from work before making her announcement to viewers at home to ensure she could accomplish everything she wanted to accomplish for the transition before returning to break the news.
“It’s hard to describe how it feels to finally share this,” Reichardt said on Twitter. “For a long time, my own body felt alien and wrong to me, and the transition was the first time in my 24 years that I felt like myself.”
She added that she’s the person she was before, but is noticeably happier now, not only because of her recognition, but towards the people in her life.
According to the News 5 website, Reichardt attended Drake University, where she earned a degree in news and sociology.
ESPN journalist MA Voepel announced his move on Twitter in August and that he would henceforth use masculine pronouns.
https://nypost.com/2022/10/07/iowa-tv-news-reporter-nora-j-s-reichardt-comes-out-as-transgender-on-air/ Iowa TV news reporter Nora JS Reichardt comes out as transgender on the air