Didem Tali is an award-winning freelance multimedia journalist whose collaborations included NYTimes.com, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian, Irish Times, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, VICE, and others.

Having started her career as a Turkey correspondent for the now-defunct Southeast European Times, Didem reported from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America — with an interest in global economy & development, gender, environment, food, and agriculture.

She won the 2018 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Club in New York, as well as a Social Impact Award by the British Council in 2019. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the One World Media Awards in the ‘New Voice’ category, in addition to European Diversity Awards in the ‘Journalist of the Year’ category. In March 2017, she was named the ‘Journalist of the month’ by the International Journalists’ Network. She’s a ‘leading millennial’, according to the Splice Newsroom.

Shooting a film in Cambodian minefields, in Battambang province.

Her reporting projects were supported with grant and fellowship awards from the Columbia School of Journalism, International Women’s Media Foundation, Simon Cumbers Media Fund, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and The International Journalists’ Programmes.

Didem holds an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics (full scholarship from the European Union) and a BSc in Sociology from the Middle East Technical University.

She’s a multilingual reporter with fluency in English, Turkish, and Spanish.

Didem is currently dividing her time between Phnom Penh and Istanbul. She is available for assignments in these regions and beyond.

Email her at didem.tali@gmail.com


Filming at an IDP camp around Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo credit: Lou Marillier