CV/Résumé


PROFILE
Writer, reporter, and editor with 20 years of experience in feature, news, and lifestyle coverage for print and online media, specializing in environmental, social, and urban issues, as well as arts and culture, food and drink, and travel-related topics.

EXPERIENCE
WRITER/EDITOR, FREELANCE
ISTANBUL // 2008 – PRESENT
  • Writing articles for The Atlantic, BBC Wildlife, California, The Christian Science Monitor, Cornucopia, Culinary BackstreetsDiscover, Equal TimesGOOD, Gulf Life, IPS, Istanbul Eats, J Magazine, Matador NetworkMORE, The National, Salon, Selections, Sierra, TakePartThomson Reuters FoundationTime Out Istanbul, Wired, Women's eNews, Women's RunningYale Environment 360Zester Daily, and various other media outlets
  • Covering environmental news in Turkey and the region as Istanbul correspondent for TreeHugger.com, with additional contributions to PlanetGreen.com
  • Writing and updating print and online guides to Istanbul and Turkey for DK Travel, Fodor's, Lonely Planet, Northstar Travel Media, Simonseeks.com, Zagat, and other travel publishers
  • Generating communications materials for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
  • Guiding culinary walks for Istanbul Eats
  • Writing and editing reports, factsheets, press releases, and other materials for corporate, NGO, academic, and other clients
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, TIME OUT ISTANBUL
ISTANBUL // 2013
  • Directed all day-to-day editorial operations, created all issue lineups, and edited all copy for popular monthly events and entertainment magazine serving Istanbul’s English-speaking community and visitors to the city
  • Commissioned and edited features and department pieces, regularly recruiting new writers and keeping to a tight monthly budget
  • Wrote features and department pieces, focusing on travel, current events, and art
  • Supervised the work of an editorial assistant, page designer, photographer, editorial interns, and occasional freelance translators
  • Managed magazine's website and social-media presence
  • Collaborated with Time Out International staff on special projects
FRONT PAGE EDITOR, HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS
ISTANBUL // 2009 – 2011
(promoted from Copy Editor)
  • Edited front-page news articles, special projects, and other key content for daily English-language newspaper in Turkey
  • Worked with writers, reporters, and copy editors to improve their skills
  • Wrote headlines, spots, captions, graphic text, and other display copy for front page
  • Helped create and maintain editorial style guide and editorial consistency throughout the newspaper
  • Contributed articles on environmental issues and other topics
LIFESTYLE EDITOR, SIERRA
SAN FRANCISCO // 1998 – 2008
(promoted from Senior Associate Editor and Assistant Editor)
  • Wrote feature, news, and lifestyle articles and created feature packages for nationally circulated environmental magazine with 1.4 million readers
  • Assigned and edited articles from freelance writers
  • Created Sierra’s first green-lifestyle department and promoted it through radio and television appearances and interviews with print reporters
  • Created and wrote the primary content for Sierra’s lifestyle blog
  • Edited book by Sierra’s advice columnist, Hey Mr. Green (Sierra Club Books, April 2008)
WRITER/EDITOR, FREELANCE
SAN FRANCISCO // 1998 – 2001
  • Wired.com — Wrote news and feature articles on the politics and culture of technology
  • ArtandCulture.com — Wrote introductions to artists and art movements
  • SonicNet.com — Copy-edited daily music news content, using AP and house style
  • Wrote and edited for other online and print publications, including Babycenter.com, El Reportero, More.com, Nob Hill Gazette, Productopia.com, and SOMA
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, CNET
SAN FRANCISCO // 1997 – 1998
  • Wrote daily features and a weekly department on education, science, and the arts
  • Generated article topics, created weekly publishing schedules, and assisted in creating a long-term content development plan
ASSISTANT EDITOR, MOTHERJONES.COM
SAN FRANCISCO // 1996 – 1997
(promoted from Editorial Intern)
  • Assigned, edited, fact-checked, and proofread daily and weekly news articles, columns, features, and other content by freelance and staff writers
  • Researched and wrote news articles, media reviews, and press releases
  • Planned and executed the redesign of significant portions of the website, supervised HTML production, and helped create and maintain searchable online databases
EDUCATION
University of California at Santa Cruz — Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies with a Journalism minor, June 1996; Regents Scholarship, honors in the major

Dilmer Language Teaching Center, Istanbul — Upper-Intermediate Turkish, July 2008

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative Fellow, 2015

Hrant Dink Foundation Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant, 2015

ADDITIONAL SKILLS
Extensive blogging experience on a variety of online publishing platforms; social-media savvy; basic HTML and Photoshop skills; published photographer