Jody Sabral's passion for Turkey and its people are tireless. Her conviction to human content hopes to explore Turkish identity and how it interacts with the world around us, and present it in a multi-media format. Turkey is one of the world's most misunderstood countries. Its ability to adapt and evolve is unprecedented. A majority Muslim country secularly governed, its political landscape and social fabric are difficult to navigate for a first timer, although its charm is unforgettable.
Jody Sabral first came to Turkey in 2000 just before the infamous economic crisis of 2001. She began her career in journalism here as a text editor at the online English news service at Turkey's largest circulated daily newspaper Hurriyet. Jody then joined the team at Oxford Business Group, first as an editor and later as an analyst. During her time as an analyst for OBG she traveled and reported from Bulgaria, Hungary, Ukraine, Bahrain, Malaysia, and South Africa. She is also a published photographer represented by WorldPictureNews based in New York. Published stories include refugees in Sri Lanka, earth quake zone in Pakistan, the barriers that divide Cyprus and news stories from Turkey. Over the years Jody has also contributed to Aljazeera English online text service and more recently programming. Jody joined Aljazeera English in-house as a text journalist and moved to Doha in June 2006 and saw the launch of one of the most exciting broadcast projects in recent years. After a stint in Doha she returned to Turkey and worked as a freelance reporter for France24 TV News channel. Her broadcast experience to date includes contributions to CBC Canada, France24, and regularly now for Press TV, Iran's first 24-hour live news channel broadcast in English, the latest addition to her portfolio is Metropolis TV, an arm of VPRO the Netherlands. Jody remains committed to her work which she conducts from Istanbul.
Jody has interviewed former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami, Iran's foreign minister, Hamas leadership, posed questions to Turkish leaders and regional heads of states such as Afghan president Hamid Kharzai.