photo credit Tim Willcocks

Award-winning author Jody Sabral (CWA Debut Dagger 2014) sprouted from American parents, one with revolutionary ties, and grew up in the North West of England. At sixteen she ran for the nearest large city, Manchester. Her traveller roots took hold and she moved to London at the sweet age of 19 before heading for New York to discover her Mayflower ancestry.

After a few years in Spain, she moved to Turkey in 2000 and landed her first journalism job at the online English news service of Turkey’s largest circulated daily newspaper Hurriyet.

Tired of the chaotic lifestyle in Istanbul, she joined Aljazeera English in Doha in June 2006. But living on the moon proved to be quite difficult and the call of Istanbul’s road rage and ferries drew her back to Turkey.

Reinvigorated to be in Istanbul, Jody worked as a freelance broadcast journalist/correspondent for France24 TV News channel, CBC Canada, BBC World Service radio and regional media such as Press TV. Jody produced, shot and edited films for award-winning Metropolis TV, an arm of VPRO the Netherlands and Aljazeera’s investigative programme People and Power.

Jody has interviewed former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami, Hamas leadership, posed questions to Turkish leaders and regional heads of states. She has also guest lectured at Huddersfield University to MA business students on “Turkey and Democracy”, to under-grad and post-grad at Rzeszow University, Poland and given a talk at SOAS on Turkish democracy.

Jody is also a published photographer represented by WorldPictureNews based in New York. Stories include refugees in Sri Lanka (published in French Elle), the earth quake zone in Pakistan, the barriers that divide Cyprus and news stories from Turkey. She has travelled 42 countries snapping as she went.

She now works at the BBC in London as an editor on the foreign desk and has completed a master’s degree at City University in crime fiction. Jody self-published her second novel, The Movement, which secured the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 Debut Dagger and is now represented by Ivan Mulcahy (literary) and Marc Simonson (dramatic rights) @ MMB Creative. Her next novel, I NEVER LIE, a psychological thriller set in East London is due to be published by Canelo in June 2018. She also dabbles in screenwriting.

Jody can be contacted on the following email:


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Broadcast journalist, cameragal, author