I was born in Tehran in 1983, the daughter of an Azeri Muslim father and an Assyrian Christian mother. My undergraduate training is in Anthropology from Tehran University. While in Iran, I worked in a variety of jobs, from NGO projects to teaching piano to translating books to pharmaceutical sales.
In 2008, I moved to the Czech Republic for both academic and professional growth. I earned my Master’s in Communication and Public Relations from La Salle University in Prague in 2010. Concurrently, I began my career as a freelance journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. I was later offered a full-time position with RFE/RL’s Persian-language section, Radio Farda.
I have since worked as one of eight journalists charged with maintaining Radio Farda’s website, one of the internet’s most visited Farsi-language websites. I write daily news stories for the website. I also produce more extended feature stories on political and cultural issues in Iran. I also compose an extended 10-minute podcast that analyzes international developments in culture.