Sami Kent is a Turkish-British writer and radio producer based between London and Istanbul, and has reported on Turkey for The Guardian, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, From Our Own Correspondent, Al Jazeera, The London Review of Books, Vice and many others.
He has also made several radio documentaries for the BBC, and now works for The Guardian’s award-winning podcast Today in Focus.
Sami has long been interested in telling historical stories from the ground, whether reporting from south-west Nigeria on Africa’s most successful ever song, embedded with the Lusaka Fire Service in Zambia, or more recently across Turkey, chronicling the decline of the country’s democracy.
Before his professional career, Sami studied Politics at SOAS – specialising in the Middle East and Africa – before earning a masters at the University of Oxford. At SOAS, he was awarded a First and the prize for the best performing student in the department.
His first book, The Endless Country, will explore what it means to be an immigrant and the 100 years of Turkey's turbulent history that brought his family to Britain.
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