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Originally from San Francisco, I'm a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, where I write about arts and culture, the environment, food and drink, politics and society, travel, and urban issues while exploring the city's many corners, snapping pictures, and practicing my Turkish.

My work has appeared in The Atlantic's CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities), BBC Wildlife, California, The Christian Science Monitor, Cornucopia, Culinary BackstreetsDiscover, Equal TimesGOOD, Gulf Life, IPS, Istanbul Eats, J Magazine, Lonely PlanetMatador NetworkMORE, The National, Salon, Selections, Sierra, TakePart, Thomson Reuters FoundationTime Out Istanbul, TreeHugger.com, Wired, Women's eNews, Women's Running, Yale Environment 360, and Zester Daily, among other print and online publications.

I blog about my personal experiences and observations as an expat at The Turkish Life. You can also find me on Flickr and Instagram, and on Twitter, as @TheTurkishLife (Turkey-related) and @jenhattam (general).