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İpek Yezdani

IPI Turkey National Committee member
Freelance Journalist
Turkey
İpek Yezdani has worked as an international journalist and covered diplomacy and international news for various national and international media outlets including, Associated Press, BBC, McClatchy News, Daily Hürriyet, Hürriyet Daily News, Daily Milliyet, TRT Turk, and Daily Cumhuriyet for 23 years. She has been working as a freelance journalist (producer, commentator and reporter) since November 2019 for various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, CNN International, TV2 Denmark, Associated Press, etc.  
Yezdani received her BA in Radio-Television and Cinema at Faculty of Communication from Marmara University in Istanbul. She started journalism as a reporter at the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet which is regarded as the “school of journalism” in Turkey.
Because of her work in journalism, she won the coveted “UN Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship” which was given by the UN Correspondents Association to only 3 journalists around the world in order to cover the UN General Assembly for 4 months in New York in 2002.
In 2004, she won a Chevening Scholarship from the British Council and went to the UK to study for her Masters degree in “International Journalism” at City University of London between 2004 and 2006. She also worked for Associated Press Television News and BBC as a producer while in London.
After coming back to Turkey in 2006, Yezdani started working for the Turkish Daily “Milliyet” as a foreign news editor and diplomatic correspondent. While working at Milliyet, she was awarded the coveted “Knight Wallace Fellowship” for professional journalists at the University of Michigan in the U.S. She joined seminars on different fields of journalism and took classes on Middle East history and world politics at the University of Michigan for five months in 2008. From 2010 to 2011 she worked for TRT (Turkish Radio Television Channel) Turk as the Middle East editor.
Yezdani worked as an editor and senior diplomatic correspondent for the main newspaper in Turkey, Daily Hürriyet and its English language newspaper - Hürriyet Daily News for 9 years between 2011 and November 2019.
For her work, Yezdani has travelled to many countries both in Europe and in the Middle East region including Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and many others. She has covered various foreign policy issues ranging from EU issues to the civil war in Syria. She has been to conflict zones such as northern Syria during the war and northern Iraq after the so-called Islamic State’s (IS) occupation of Mosul and surrounding villages.
During her career, she has also interviewed many foreign leaders and diplomats including former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad, former Israeli President Shimon Peres, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, Iranian Vice President Masomeh Ebtekar, former Greek Prime Minister Yorgo Papandreu, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al Hashimi, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Rene Van der Linden, former Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjon Jagland, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey; Christian Berger, former Turkey Rapporteur of the European Parliament; Kati Piri, British Ambassador to Turkey Dominic Chilcott, former British Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore, former German Ambassador to Turkey Eckart Cuntz, etc.
In March 2016, İpek Yezdani won the “Journalism Success Award” from the most major and influential journalism association in Turkey, Turkish Journalists Association (TGC) for her published interviews with the Yazidi women who were enslaved by ISIS in 2015.
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