BIOGRAPHY

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I was born and raised in Israel but my family has long history in the US. I speak and work in both Hebrew and English. I had an early start in journalism, writing for school and local papers through childhood and high school. That’s when my dream of becoming a sports writer led me to a website of a basketball team, where I wrote until landing a position in Ha’aretz newspaper, covering the same team.

I initially covered basketball, and later also soccer and a handful of other sports, and wrote for both the Hebrew and the English editions of the paper. In 2004 I covered the the Athens Olympics Games, double-duty-ing as a writer and a photographer, and was lucky enough to do something very few in the field get to do: I covered Israel’s first Olympic gold medal.

I also worked as a production assistant in the Arabic and English divisions of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, producing both sports and news shows, and at the same time I also completed my undergraduate studies in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, earning a dual degree in Mass Communications and English Literature and Linguistics.meathens2

In February 2006 I covered the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s English daily newspaper.

I then attended the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where I completed my Master’s degree in May 2008.

During my time in school I interned for the radio show, Forum, at San Francisco’s NPR affiliate, KQED, and helped researching and producing shows about everything from current news events and politics to local culture, technology and health. I wrote long-form magazine pieces, including my thesis, a long magazine story about competitive ballroom dancing in the Bay Area. That was a nice change from my experience as a daily reporter. I also worked as a teaching assistant in the multimedia program.

I worked as a translator for the documentary film City of Borders for which I also created and produced the official website, and had the opportunity to travel to the Berlin International Film Festival as part of the film’s crew for its world premiere.

istanbulme1As a web designer and multimedia producer I work with a variety of clients and make websites for small businesses and individuals. I focus on media related websites and have worked with a number of local filmmakers on websites for their films — they are available for viewing in the Web Design section.

When not building websites or writing, I take pleasure in collecting popular world music, a result of my passion for languages and music. This hobby might be time consuming and expensive, but it opened windows into the popular culture of many countries and regions so it’s worth it. Unfortunately, I don’t often find ways to use all my knowledge, but whenever the opportunity knocks, I take it. That’s how, for example, I ended up doing some musical advisory to the promotional department of the Israeli television.

I currently live in Berkeley, California, and freelance as a web designer, multimedia producer and a writer.