Follow a Journalist

IWPR trainees introduce themselves, describing their background, involvement with IWPR and journalistic interests.

IWPR Reporter

I was born in Baku on March 13, 1978 and have spent most of my life here. I do not consider myself a native though, since my parents moved here from Shamakhi, 100 kilometres or so to the east. As a child, I lived in the capital’s Khutor region, which at the time was mainly home to Armenians. Most of my friends were Armenians until I turned 10, when they fled the inter-ethnic violence that heralded the Karabakh war.

IWPR Reporter

I was born in 1987 in Osh, the centre of the region of the same name in southern Kyrgyzstan. My father was a police officer and my mother a postal worker. Their job took them to Russia and I spent my childhood shuttling between Kyrgyzstan and various regions in the Russian Far East - Yakutia, Sakhalin and Primorie reigon.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in Baghdad on July 7, 1980 and was raised in al-Hurria, in north-west Baghdad, where I spent the most beautiful days of my childhood in a simple Iraqi family.  My father is a retired English teacher from Amara and my mother is a housewife from Najaf.

Reporter

I was born on December, 17, 1969, in Naryn, a mountainous region of Kyrgyzstan, the youngest of nine children. My father taught mathematics. He also used to write short poems, which were popular in our village. People especially valued his koshok songs of mourning. My mother was a doctor.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born in Moscow in 1979. My father was working there as a football coach, and my mother is a chemist. We returned to Tbilisi for good on March 31, 1991, the very day that Georgia held a referendum on independence.

Reporter

I was born in 1985 in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Both my parents are engineers by occupation which is different from the route I chose, first for my education and then for my profession.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born in Qalat City in December 1977 into an open-minded and largely educated family. My father went through higher education in electrical and technical subjects and runs a workshop for the ministry of education. I have one brother.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born on January 4, 1988, in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province in Afghanistan. My father worked for the government for about 45 years. My family were educated and some members went to Russia for their higher education.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born on September 27, 1976 in Čakovec, a small town in northern Croatia. My father, who unfortunately died when I was 13, was a journalist as well. My mother is one of Croatia’s best pediatricians, and I'm really proud of her work.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in Kirkuk on March 9, 1985, but my family was expelled by the Baathist regime and we moved to Sulaimanyah. I graduated in media studies from Sulaimaniyah University.

Reporter

I was born on April, 16, 1983 in Khanlar, which is in Azerbaijan, where my grandmother was an obstetrician at a maternity hospital. I spent my childhood in Yerevan, but when I went to school at seven my family moved to a village called Hayanist about seven kilometres away.

Shorena grew up in the town of Senaki, she witnessed first hand the effects of the war in nearby Abkhazia in the early 1990s – relatives were killed and the family home was hit in a bombardme

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born on April 4, 1978 in Dehdadi district of Balkh province into a middle- class family. My father sent me to the local high school, Shahid Balkhi, in 2005 despite his own financial problems because he was keen that other members of his family should be given chances he never had. I had left school in 1996 with average grades.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born on August 28, 1979 in Lubumbashi, Katanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. That’s where I grew up, too.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in the Shugnansky district of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region of Tajikistan. I left secondary school in 1989 and entered the journalism faculty of the Tajik State University. I graduated in 1995, one year later than I was supposed to because of the civil war that ran from 1992 to 1997.

IWPR-trained reporter and outreach assistant

I was born on September 16, 1980 in Belgrade. Both of my parents were very politically active during the Nineties and that had a great influence on me.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, in April 1984. I grew up and studied there. My family comes from South Kivu, a region prone to militia violence.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born in the city of Shymkent in southern Kazakstan in 1989 and grew up there. After secondary school, I moved to Almaty, the cultural capital of the country, and it was there that I got actively involved in journalism. I studied journalism at the Kazak National University.

I was born in 1985 and grew up in the village of Jalpaktal, in western Kazakstan region. My parents are teachers. I also have a younger brother. After graduating from school, I studied history and political science at the West Kazakstan State University. This was followed by a master’s degree at the Moscow School of Political Studies.

Reporter

I was born on February 14, 1982 in Bukavu, South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC. I grew up in Goma and this is where I live now. My father is a shopkeeper and I am the eldest in a family of eight children, four girls and four boys.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in Nairobi, Kenya in July 1984 where I grew up. In 1997, we moved to a town around the Mount Kenya region known as Nanyuki. I speak Swahili, a bit of French, Luo and English.

IWPR-trained reporter

Stepanakert, where I was born on November 19, 1972, is a small town in the South Caucasus with many trees, clear air, and a highly relaxed pace of life. No one hurries. It has none of the pressure of a big city.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born on December 25, 1980 in the village of Akuki in the Oyam district of northern Uganda. I'm the first born in a family of four children. Both of my parents are still alive, but two of my brothers were abducted in an attack by the Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA, in 1998 and my uncle was executed. My village was destroyed by the rebels in the same year.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born on November 23, 1970 and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. My parents were both civil servants and have now retired. Growing up in Serbia before the Balkan wars was carefree, at least for me.

Country Director, Azerbaijan

I was born on April 22, 1965 in the village of Surakhany near the Azerbaijan capital of Baku in an important oil-producing area. I have lived there all my life.

IWPR trainee

I was born in the village of Seyawoshan, Gozara District, in Herat province in 1979, and grew up in a cultured family. I now live in Herat city.

IWPR trainee-reporter

I was born in Kirkuk on February 1, 1981 and completed primary school and university there. I come from an educated family and have three sisters and four brothers.

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born on April 8, 1979 in Vlasenica, north-eastern Bosnia and Hercegovina, BiH, and grew up in the small industrial town of Kladanj, which is an important transit point halfway between Tuzla, Sarajevo and the Drina river.

IWPR-trained journalist

I joined IWPR in September 2011 as editor for Kyrgyzstan, after some years as a trainee and contributing author. I am also continuing my studies at the Bishkek Humanities University.

I was born in Sukhumi, Georgia in October 26, 1977 and lived there until the outbreak of war in 1992. My parents and close relatives are maths teachers. I am the only person in family who loves writing.

I was born in 1984 in the Kazak village of Aktau, in western Kazakstan. My mother is a teacher and my father has worked all his life as a driver.

IWPR-trained reporter

I was born in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, one of four children, and we lived in the town of Nurek, not far from the city. My mother was a primary school teacher and my father worked for the interior ministry but is now retired.