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TV Reporter Comes Out as Trans Woman in On-Air Broadcast

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Des Moines TV reporter Nora J.S. Reichardt has come out as a transgender woman, introducing herself to viewers by saying, “To gradually come into a role where I am feeling more and more at home in my body than I really ever did before has been amazing to get to experience and share with people.”Reichardt came out Tuesday on WOI’s 6 p.m.

news broadcast. A graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, she has been a reporter for the station, an ABC affiliate, since July 2021, originally under a different name and presenting as male, and she began her transition in September 2021.

She discussed her journey in an interview with her friend Eva Anderson, a former WOI reporter now with a different station.Reichardt, now 24, said she began questioning her gender identity when she was in high school in the small town of Hanover, Minn. “It was at a time growing up in a pretty rural area that I didn’t even have the language to describe what I was feeling,” she said.“Especially early on, it’s hard to place that sense of wrongness — like I’m a person who’s wearing my body and not a person who's living in it.

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