I am a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. In recent years my work has focused on immigration and education, taking me to Afghanistan and up and down the Western Balkan migration route. I regularly collaborate with the Fuller Project for International Reporting to tell stories of women in my region.
Discouraged by the quality and lack of coverage of Latin America, in July 2014 I cofounded Everyday Latin America. The goal of this Instagram community is to give a fresh and authentic perspective of Latin America through photojournalistic documentation of everyday life with mobile phones. This project was inspired by Everyday Africa.
Before moving to Lima, Peru, in 2010, I worked as a staff photographer and multimedia editor at the St Louis Post-Dispatch. While in St. Louis I edited several multimedia projects and trained the photo staff in multimedia storytelling and editing. Reporting for Duty earned national recognition, including a regional Emmy award. In 2009 I was part of a team that was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Kirkwood City Hall shootings.
While in St. Louis, I also taught courses in multimedia production and photojournalism for Webster University and led National Geographic Student Expeditions to London, Bar Harbor and Ecuador.
My work has been featured by publications and non-profit organizations such as PRI’s The World, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler, Pro Mujer, Chemonics International, Center for International Forestry Research, Catholic Relief Services, Nature and the U.S. Forest Service. I graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.