David Lepeska on Muck Rack

David Lepeska Verified

Istanbul
Freelance Journalist
Covers:  Islam, Literature, Urbanism, Arts, Urban Planning, Urban Sustainability, Media, Film, Civic Tech, Democracy Building, Innovation, Food And Drink, Design, Istanbul

At congested intersection of Turkey, ME and Muslim world; cities; media; culture + more, for Atlantic, Guardian, National, NYT, et al; editor for IFC/World Bank

David Lepeska's Biography

Award-winning journalist and multi-media reporter, have published print, photo, video and radio stories from around the world for outlets as diverse as the NY Times, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, Christian Science Monitor, Atlantic Cities, Next American City, Chicago magazine, New York Post, and others.

Read Full Bio →

Whistleblower in Istanbul fired from urban planning job, but not before being forced to count cat...

Whistleblower in Istanbul fired from urban planning job, but not before being forced to count cat...

How a Small Eatery Near the Turkish Border Has Become an Unexpected Oasis for Syrians

How a Small Eatery Near the Turkish Border Has Become an Unexpected Oasis for Syrians

Commonwealth Press Words & Images Award

2007 - Top Annual story in CPQ
The Commonwealth Press Union's Words & Images Award went annually to the best reported story in its now-defunct publication, Commonwealth Press Quarterly.

What was your first job as a journalist?

First paid position? Senior reporter for the Kashmir Observer, in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

For work? No. For fun/nostalgia? Yep.

How is social media changing news?

Almost impossible to answer right now, but we're in the early stages of an enormous shift in how people gather, disseminate and share news

It Takes (A Little More Than) A Village

queondaguero.blogspot.com — In a cramped shop in Orangi, a sprawling squatter settlement in Karachi, a weaver adds sequin designs to a shawl. Photo: David Lepeska By David Lepeska KARACHI, Pakistan - Akhtar Hameed Khan arrived in Orangi, Karachi's sprawling squatter settlement, with no expectations.

Karakoy: the hippest district of Istanbul, Turkey

thenational.ae — A few weeks ago, I sent an exhausted artist friend visiting from New York to the Turkish bath down the street from my flat, in Istanbul's Karaköy district.

Istanbul’s gentrification by force leaves locals feeling overwhelmed and angry

theguardian.com — At a grand ceremony along the Black Sea, Turkey recently marked the start of construction on the world's largest airport - six runways and 150 million passengers per year, at a projected cost of about $15bn (£8.8bn). "Istanbul is marking a historic day," the prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the groundbreaking.

Retaking the south: Poppy troubles in Afghanistan

devex.com — David Belgrove has come to several realizations in the past few months, but one stands out. "Eradication alone is not going to solve this," the U.K. government's head of counternarcotics in Afghanistan said. "Eradication is just one tool, and quite a small tool, in the overall strategy.

Street Fighting Sultan

medium.com — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, is a natural born fighter; in Turkish his surname means "a soldier is born." So it seems fitting that the past year of criticism and instability has made him increasingly combative.

Street Fighting Sultan

queondaguero.blogspot.com — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, is a natural born fighter; in Turkish his surname means "a soldier is born." So it seems fitting that the past year of criticism and instability has made him increasingly combative.

Uluslararası yardımlar Türkiye'nin bozulan imajını düzeltebilir

aljazeera.com.tr — Görüş Son dönemde uyguladığı iç ve dış politikalar dolayısıyla imajı zedelenen Türkiye, uluslararası yardım konusundaki cömertliğini avantaja çevirerek, hem imajının düzelmesini, hem de uluslararası toplumun Suriye gibi acil çözüm bekleyen krizlere el atmasını sağlayabilir. Yazar hakkında Suriye muhalefetinin Savunma Bakanı Esat Mustafa, 21 Nisan'da Telminis köyüne atılan bombanın 'geliştirilmiş' klor gazı içeren Çin yapımı bir bomba olduğunu gösteren delilleri basınla paylaştı.

This Week in Erdogan: April 4th, 2014

queondaguero.blogspot.com — So begins a new weekly series covering the man who has run the Republic of Turkey for nearly a dozen years -- Kasimpasa-born, Rize-raised, Erbakan-weened, former simitci and futbolcu, devlet ve baba all in one, the unstoppable, inimitable Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Shifting a paradigm in Doha

thenational.ae — Doha // Tim Makower recalls the moment he and the Qatari first lady, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al Missned, came up with the central theme for a government-backed, US$5.9billion (Dh21.6bn) plan to remake Doha's city centre into a pedestrian-friendly urban idyll.

The Turkish People Have Spoken, And They’re OK With A Police State Overseen By a Corrupt Strongman

urbantimes.co — This is a community post, untouched by our editors. Sunday morning, the day of highly anticipated local elections in Turkey, brought blue skies and sunshine in Istanbul. Voters turned out early, waiting cheerily in snaking lines outside polling places in Fatih and Pendik, Cihangir, Uskudar and Kadikoy. Then reality set in.
More Articles →
Oct 30, 2014

Hey @emilynussbaum thanks for Happy Valley rec, enjoying it. But you left out one of best parts: cops w/o guns. Makes every run-in gripping.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @Circa: Reporter Jason Rezaian has now been held by Iran for 100 days, without any reason given cir.ca/news/journalis… pic.twitter.com/tZYTMXqIGX

Oct 30, 2014

FSA rebels coordinated @TheoPadnos kidnapping with al-Nusra; Qatar secured his release nytimes.com/2014/10/28/mag…

Oct 30, 2014

Turkish officer shopping w/wife in downtown Diyarbakir shot in head, killed by unknown assailants; army blames #PKK hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?p…

Oct 30, 2014

With the gentlest, most silent, most breathtaking courtesy, he examined my body. That broke my heart. @TheoPadnos nytimes.com/2014/10/28/mag…

Oct 30, 2014

They want to teach Westerners to take the struggle into every neighborhood and subway station back home @TheoPadnos nytimes.com/2014/10/28/mag…

Oct 30, 2014

Nusra Front soldiers told me their siblings and cousins were fighting for #ISIS -- the pay was better @TheoPadnos nytimes.com/2014/10/28/mag…

Oct 30, 2014

Fantastic @TheoPadnos account of his kidnapping and torture by jihadis in Syria. Just read it. @NYTmag nytimes.com/2014/10/28/mag…



Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Email

For instructions on how to pitch David Lepeska, email dlepeska@muckrack.com.


Share This Profile