I am a journalist whose curiosity and love of adventure has taken me many places: reporting on political and social issues in Istanbul, documenting life on an escargot farm in the South of France, backpacking around windmills in Amsterdam, up 366 steps in the Belfry of Bruges, through Eisriesen (the largest ice caves in the world), to the statue of David in Florence, kayaking around Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, and to the La Sagrada Familia at sunset in Barcelona to name only a handful.
Born and raised in California’s Silicon Valley, I grew up with an appetite for books and a never-ending imagination. I took an interest in writing early on and have worked on multiple publications as both writer and editor. In college I jumped at the chance to study multimedia journalism in the Catalan city of Perpignan in Southern France with The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia). Here I produced a short video news package, blog posts and traditional articles.
In January 2011, I earned my B.A. from San Francisco State University, graduating cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Following my dream to work as a foreign correspondent, I travelled to Istanbul in the summer of 2011 to work as a foreign correspondent intern for Worldpress.org, covering political and social issues in Turkey.
In March of 2012, after pounding the pavement as a freelance reporter, writer and photographer in San Francisco, California, I sold all of my belongings in favor of a one-way ticket to Istanbul where I took a job at Turkey’s longest-running English language newspaper. I later began working as a senior news editor for a trail-blazing international news startup, which seeks to combine reporting with thought-provoking commentary from high-profile personalities. It’s been an exciting adventure working as part of a small, but dedicated team to grow this innovative news site.
I look forward to continuing to combine my passion for journalism, love of storytelling and itch to explore the many different cultures found around the world.