My story

I am an award-winning journalist based in Budapest, Hungary. I spent more than a decade in international reporting at a daily newspaper, then studied investigative and data journalism in Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright – Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, based at the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

I spent the past two years at atlatszo.hu, Hungary’s first non-profit, crowdfunded investigative site where my main responsibility was to take part in crossborder journalism projects and investigations.

I have also been writing in English for more than a decade. Most recently, since 2017, I have been doing freelance reporting for The Wall Street Journal.

As part of my U.S. fellowship, I worked as an intern with Dana Priest of The Washington Post for six months in 2015. I helped her with her series on the state of press freedom around the world, concentrating on the story of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan.

Besides that, I have had bylines in The Washington Post, The Calvert Journal, Vsquare.org, at Quartztol.org, Bloomberg BusinessWeek Online, the Hartford Business Journal, the Trinity Tripod, the FCPA Blog and the American Journalism Review. I also worked as a fixer and freelance news assistant for various news organizations, including The New York Times.

I have been working as a journalist in Hungary for more than a decade, starting my career at a college newspaper in Budapest. I wrote my first story for Hungarian daily newspaper Népszabadság in 2005 and I worked there for 11 years, up until October 8, 2016, when it was suddenly shut down for political reasons. I talked about my experience with press freedom issues in Hungary in an episode of Foreign Policy’s First Person podcast. Ever since the closure of the newspaper I have been an advocate for press freedom and been working to raise awareness of the importance of a free press both in Hungary and globally.

In 2012 I was awarded the Junior Prima Prize, a Hungarian national journalism prize for my reporting from around the world, such as India, Norway, the United States and France.

You can find my resume below and my English langue portfolio here. A selection of my stories in Hungarian is here, and you can find examples of my photography work here

Work experience

Freelance reporter & news assistant, The Wall Street Journal, November 2017 –

– Reporting and doing research on topics related to Hungary, covering breaking news
– Fixer and translator for WSJ reporters arriving in Hungary

Investigative reporter and data journalist, Atlatszo.hu, Budapest, Hungary, June 2017-July 2019

– Investigative and data reporter covering corruption and Hungary’s diplomatic relations
– Work on cross-border investigative projects with OCCRP.org, Vsquare.org and others
– Edit the English-language page of the website (english.atlatszo.hu)<
– Edit the feminist blog of the website (videkicsajok.atlatszo.hu)
– Manage the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles of the website

Journalist and editor, weekly magazine Vasárnapi Hírek, Budapest, Hungary, January 2017-June 2017

– Write and edit foreign news, features about international events and analysis of global political events for weekly news magazine Vasárnapi Hírek
– Write feature stories and opinion pieces for sister newspaper Népszava

Journalist and editor, Népszabadság, Budapest, Hungary, 2005-2016

– Cover U.S. politics
– Member of the investigative team (responsible for data analysis)
– Edit the web site of the newspaper, coordinate the work of 4-8 people
– Edit the international pages (print version)
– Won a national journalism award for foreign reporting – for stories from the U.S., Norway, India, Tunisia, Belarus, Poland, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Jordan and Egypt

Humphrey/Fulbright Fellow, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, 2014-2015

– Study data journalism and coding (MySQL, Excel, Python, HTML&CSS)
– Student writer at the American Journalism Review
– Study innovations in digital storytelling & changes in the media industry

Intern, The Washington Post, March 2015-August 2015

– Assisted Dana Priest with her series on press freedom; reporting, data analysis, fact checking
– Co-reported a story on press freedom issues in Azerbaijan

Freelance news assistant, The New York Times, Budapest, Hungary, 2014

– Gathered background information for NYT reporters arriving at Hungary to cover current events
– Identified and contacted sources, translated during interviews

Freelance features writer and photographer, Transitions Online (tol.org), Budapest, Hungary, 2008-2011

– Wrote feature stories and produced slide shows with audio narration about social and political issues

Editorial intern, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford, CT May-July 2007

– Gathered and analysed data for a project that examined the location of bank and credit union branches in Connecticut, proving that credit unions were not serving poor neighbourhoods but going after the richest clients

Reporter, Trinity Tripod, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, September-December 2006

Editorial intern, Népszabadság, Budapest, Hungary, October 2005 – August 2006

Additional work experience

– English teacher, various language schools and clients, Budapest, Hungary, 2002-2006
– English-Hungarian interpreter, District 1 Police Station, Budapest, Hungary, Summer 2003

Education

– MA in Media Studies and Communications, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 2003-2008
– Trinity College, Hartford, CT, studied political science, economics and international relations as a Kellner Scholar, 2006-2007
– MA in English Language and Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 2001-2006

Technical skills

– Excel, MySQL, DocumentCloud, basic HTML & CSS, WordPress
Photography – take and edit photos for my foreign reporting

Language competences

Hungarian – native; English – fluent; French – working proficiency

Personal interests

Lindy hop, balboa, charleston. Running, biking, hiking. Jane Austen, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje. Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, House of Cards. This American Life, Reply All, S-Town. Growing herbs, reading recipes, cooking Indian food.