What makes me ME
(in my own words)
BACK IN COLLEGE, I was putting my 10,000 hours into feature writing. A skill that takes time, persistence, and resilience – to be able to report, write and rewrite in a language that's not even your native. No bragging, but the Missouri Method can turn things around pretty quickly. And it did.
Born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I am a proud alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism. I specialize in Data Journalism and Multimedia Storytelling. It's something that I cherish and see myself doing for a long time, especially now when I am throwing all my efforts to get back into journalism.
Since graduating college in 2010, I have spent for more than five years working at the Open Society Foundations in Kazakhstan. I oversaw a country portfolio for media development, both strategically and financially. It's been a worthwhile experience that I remember fondly.
For information about my most recent professional endeavors and qualifications, please see my resumé.
To know me from a more personal side, you are welcome to read my very candid and honest autobiographic essay "Through a Bus Window." When it first ran in Vox Magazine back in 2009, I got several letters from strangers who rooted for me through that story. It got republished at some point, then, disappeared. Now I pulled it back from my archives to remember how my journey began.