Ilgin Yorulmaz has worked for twenty-three years as a researcher and reporter based in Tokyo, London, Istanbul, and New York. She is a 2017 East West Center Fellow and a 2016 White House Correspondents Association Scholar. As a foreign correspondent, she has reported from Turkey, India, Nepal, Philippines, China and Japan for BBC World Service, The Huffington Post, VICE, The Guardian, PassBlue, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveller UK, Voices and Maison Française, among others. She is the author of three books focused on small businesses in Istanbul — a spin-off of her critically-acclaimed online publication  Pukka Living, which she founded and edited until her move to New York in 2015. Due to her advertising experience in Asia, Ilgin is also knowledgeable about conducting consumer research and creating content for clients interested in reaching high-income customers in that region.


A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Ilgin writes on foreign policy and culture, with a focus on sub-cultures, human rights and problems faced by ethnic minorities. She also holds a M.A. degree in International Relations from International University of Japan, Niigata; a B.A. degree in Business from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul; and a Diploma in Art & Design Portfolio from Central St. Martins School of Art & Design, London.


In 2017, Ilgin became an East West Center Senior Journalists Seminar Fellow. She was a 2016 White House Correspondents Association Scholar at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Upon graduation, she received the inaugural Campbell Award for Columbia Leadership and Spirit given in memory of Bill Campbell, who was a mentor to Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and many other visionaries. Ilgin also participated the highly selective FASPE (Fellowship in Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), which granted her a reporting trip to Auschwitz in summer 2016.


Technical: MS Office Suite, SQL, SEO, Affiliate Linkling, HTML, CSS, WordPress, Social Media, Audition, basic video and audio reporting/editing

Languages: Turkish, Japanese, French, Arabic (beginner’s)

Memberships: Foreign Press Association, Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, Religion News Association

Outside reporting, Ilgin is interested in holistic living, Eastern cultures, Sufism, astronomy, and meditative arts like Japanese tea ceremony and calligraphy. She values her travels to sacred places in the world and the stories she finds there.

See Ilgin’s full resumé: ilgin_yorulmaz_update2_cv



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