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David Lepeska

Somewhere in Exile
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  islam, literature, urbanism, arts, urban planning, urban sustainability, media, film, civic tech, democracy building, innovation, food and drink, design, istanbul

Reporting on Islam & Middle East, refugees, cities, media & culture; for NYT, Atlantic, Guardian, National, AlJazeera, Foreign Affairs...whoever's got the $

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.

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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

Longform’s Picks of the Week

foreignpolicy.com — E very weekend, Longform highlights its favorite international articles of the week. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform's new app and read all of the latest in-depth stories from dozens of magazines, including Foreign Policy.

Can This App Help Syrian Refugees Survive in Exile?

narrative.ly — When the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad began five years ago, Mojahed Akil was a computer science student in Aleppo. Taking to the streets one day to protest with friends, he was arrested, flown to Damascus, beaten, and tortured. "They punched me over and over.

How Real-time Translation Apps and Online Tools Are Helping Refugees in Turkey Forge New Lives

The Local Costs of the E.U. Refugee Deal

nytimes.com — CHIOS, Greece - Late spring has a prelapsarian sweetness in this small, breezy port. Jasmine and bougainvillea line the roads. The trees are heavy with ripe lemons and figs. In the main square, locals chat over coffee and honey-drenched fried dough. The town has 25,000 residents, and they all seem to know one another.

Return of Islamic College Raises New Questions

nytimes.com — The American Islamic College, closed since 2004 when the state revoked its operating authority, is expected early next month to win approval to reopen. Supporters see the opening of the Chicago college, founded in 1981 in the Lakeview neighborhood, as an important step for Islamic instruction in the United States.

Turkey, into darkness

bostonglobe.com — Terror warnings are now a weekly occurrence in Turkey. Suicide attacks and car bombs in Istanbul and Ankara this year, which killed nearly 200 people, have deepened the sense of fear. Major Istanbul soccer matches and art fairs have been canceled as newspapers print instructions for "spotting a suicide bomber."

How I Became Another Victim of Erdogan’s Press Crackdown

foreignpolicy.com — A week has passed since I was denied entry to Turkey, and as I sit working in a Chicago café, I find myself imagining ways to sneak back into Turkey and make my way to Istanbul, my endlessly fascinating home for more than three years.

The AKP's Victory and Turkey's Open-Door Policy

foreignaffairs.com — After four elections in 20 months, Turkey's seemingly interminable campaign season has finally ended, with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) claiming a surprise victory and regaining single-party rule after losing it this past June. Many fear the AKP's new mandate will enable further attacks on free speech and democratic rights, but others see a silver lining.

Turkey Casts the Diyanet

foreignaffairs.com — A year after founding modern Turkey in 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk abolished the caliphate and created a government directorate of religious affairs, or the Diyanet. Through the management of mosques and religious education, the new body would make Islam subservient to the state to secure the republic's ostensibly secular identity.

How Jihad Went Viral

medium.com — The most frightening thing about violent extremism today is not the savagery of ISIS - which has at times been shockingly gruesome  - but its sudden ubiquity. Cast your eyes around the world. United States' intelligence officials revealed last week that foreign fighters have been streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers - at least 20,000 in all - to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other jihadi groups.
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Aug 30, 2016

Some had chains, some had knives, and some were holding out money, saying, 'Come here, we've got candy for you,'  https://twitter.com/sophia_mjones/status/770589534031638528 

Aug 30, 2016

Milwaukee-born great Gene Wilder has passed at 83. He'll be remembered always, for scenes like this  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgVS1OhucbI  #RIPGeneWilder

Aug 29, 2016

.@emeyersson What would be your estimate of legit Gulenists in Turkey? Maybe 2-3% of pop? I really don't know. @AkyolinEnglish

Aug 29, 2016

RT @WashingtonPoint: So, 106 journalists + 27 today: 133 sitting in jails across Turkey. @VP will speak up when someone is executed. https://t.co/q2BocTzkVv

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