I am a 2008 graduate of Yale College, where I majored in economics and shot short films. After commencement, I travelled the world, volunteered at an orphanage in Kenya, blogged about current affairs and worked at CNN Turk in my hometown of Istanbul.
At CNN Turk, I prepared 45-minute documentaries on the Ukraine Crisis and the Turkish defense industry. I later moved to the newsroom, where I covered the first Turkish presidential election and the war in Kobani, as an on-air reporter.
At the end of 2016, I received my Master of Science degree from Columbia Journalism School. During my studies, I interned at Rain Media for Frontline and Fareed Zakaria GPS.
In July 2017, I set up Mzungu Media LLC. with the goal of producing corporate and journalistic films.
One vote, three corpses
How a referendum in Turkey tore apart a village and a family
The warning signs were evident long before the residents of Yabanardi began lining up to cast their ballots at the hilltop village’s tin-roofed school. After a particularly nasty political campaign, each side was convinced that no less than the future of the Turkish republic hung in the balance. Many suspected that the opposition — their friends, neighbors and relatives in a village of barely a couple hundred people — were ready to steal the vote. “When I arrived at the school there were eight or 10 armed people waiting,” the mayor, Hidir Yildiz, recalled in an interview with Al-Monitor.