BIO

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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 living through the infamous economic crisis of 2001 in which her English teaching salary lost 65% of its value overnight. She 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 opted for a more serene setting and joined Aljazeera English in Doha in June 2006 and saw the launch of one of the most exciting broadcast projects in recent years. 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 writing award and is now represented by http://www.ma-agency.com/ and is writing her third novel, a psychological thriller set in East London. She has also written an original gritty crime drama, a TV series set in London’s Kurdish community.

Jody can be contacted on the following email: jodysabral@gmail.com

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Broadcast journalist, cameragal, author