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David Lepeska

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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, ME and terror, refugees, cities, media & tech; for NYT, Atlantic, Guardian, National, 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

Betting the Farm

nextcity.org — It's no secret that urban agriculture is in vogue. Just witness the beehive colonies on Brooklyn rooftops and chicken coops advertised in Austin, Texas real estate listings.

How Istanbul Became One of Europe's Safest Cities

citylab.com — The city's unique policing system is deeply rooted in its history. Political observers have recently been trumpeting the Turkish Model, citing Turkey's democracy, its open-minded Islamists and economic zip as an example to newly liberated Arab nations and other Muslim countries. In the 18th century, however, its capital presented a less positive model.

Kiev's new revolution: young Ukrainians spur cultural revival amid the conflict

theguardian.com — On a sultry Saturday evening in August, hundreds of young Kievans have descended on a vast courtyard a few miles from the city centre. As a DJ spins electronica in front of a 20-ft LED screen, some partygoers stand in a paved open area bobbing their heads to the music, while others crowd the bar or sneak off to a leafy grotto to chat and canoodle.

Kiev's new revolution: young Ukrainians spur cultural revival amid the conflict

theguardian.com — On a sultry Saturday evening in August, hundreds of young Kievans have descended on a vast courtyard a few miles from the city centre. As a DJ spins electronica in front of a 20-ft LED screen, partygoers stand in a paved open area bobbing their heads to the music, crowding the bar, or sneaking off to a leafy grotto to chat and canoodle.

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."
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Sep 25, 2016

RT @VladDavidzon: Have just arrived in Kyiv to cover weeklong 75th aniv. commemorations of Babyn Yar. We must not forget what happened those years @tabletmag

Sep 24, 2016

A varied cast of taunting insiders has inadvertently driven Donald Trump’s revenge march toward the White House  https://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/how-the-haters-made-trump?utm_term=.clAej8jPNv#.rj8JRwRp8D 

Sep 23, 2016

Hey @zeynep_erdim, congrats on the Emmy!! I just heard. So damn cool. Well deserved. And more to come I hope!


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