Originally I hail from Adana, a city on the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Since 2006, I have lived in several different countries until I moved to Germany in 2015 from Istanbul where I had been living and working for the last couple of years before.
Human-driven stories have been at the forefront of my work as an independent multimedia producer. While major policy decisions drive the news agenda, the human consequences of those policy decisions are what drive my work.
In Turkey, I’ve covered most major news stories including the Gezi Park Protests in Istanbul, the suicide bombings that tore through Reyhanli and Ankara as well as the mining disaster in Soma that claimed the lives of more than 300 workers.
I’ve covered the plight of the tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded across the Syria-Turkey border including the misery of the camps, the fighting that caused them to flee, and I’ve followed their desperate journey through Europe. I was on the scene when ISIS launched its initial assault on Kobani and followed the subsequent ground battle and US airstrikes.
Outside Turkey, I followed the general strikes in Cambodia, the widespread anti-government demonstrations in Thailand, in addition to profiling environmental and social grassroots movements in Europe.
Since 2010, my work has made me a part of international media teams from CNN, Associated Press, TIME, TVE, Harper’s Magazine, Bild, Taz, Eurasianet, TransTerra Media in various roles from multimedia journalist to field producer to fixer.
My background is not just confined to news, I create multi-media content for different mediums in addition to having experience with TV and Film Production, in all stages of production. Meanwhile, I coordinate and produce inter-disciplinary Cultural Events, on a transnational level, addressing different audiences on a grassroots level, in very diverse spaces in different countries.
Currently I am living in Berlin and pursuing my education in Gender and Diversity Program in a university located in the Northern-west of Germany meanwhile I am co-founder and chief editor at Kopuntu*, a collective online multimedia magazine reaching thousands of people every month which publishes about migration, gender, identity and diaspora culture in many languages.
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