I am an award-winning journalist based in Budapest, Hungary. I have recently moved back here from Washington, D.C. where I was a Fulbright – Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow. This is a one-year professional development program for young and mid-career journalists. I was based at the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park and for two semesters I studied investigative reporting and data journalism.
As part of my 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.
I have been working for English language media for years, having stories published at Quartz, tol.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 organisations, 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 for political reasons.
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. Most recently I was covering U.S. politics and was also a member of the investigative team.
Journalist, Atlatszo.hu, Budapest, Hungary, June 2017 –
Journalist and editor, Vasárnapi Hírek, Budapest, Hungary, January 2017-June 2017
– Write international news and features
– Edit international news stories
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
– 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
– Excel, MySQL, DocumentCloud, basic HTML & CSS
– Photography – take and edit photos for my foreign reporting
Hungarian – native; English – fluent; French – working proficiency
Lindy hop, running, biking. Jane Austen, Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje. Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, House of Cards. NPR, Wired, This American Life. Growing herbs, baking bread, cooking Indian food.