Janet Ekstract

Janet Ekstract

About Me
With a BA in journalism and a minor in anthropology, Janet has worked as a journalist as well as an ESL university lecturer. In addition to her published writing, she brings a wealth of life and work experience to her published articles and storytelling. She is a published freelance writer of a wide variety of news and feature articles that have appeared in The Turkish Journal, The Guide (a Turkish publication), Haaretz and on other online sites as well as Turkish magazines. She previously covered stories for the Turkish Journal at the United Nations for more than five years with UN and Foreign Relations organization credentials. Janet previously worked as the events coordinator and interim executive director of American Turkish Society (ATS) where she was in charge of a very successful book signing for Dr. Mehmet Oz, a luncheon for 150 high level government dignitaries and business people from Turkey and New York City as well as promoting and coordinating the first gala for ATS dealing with the Ford Foundation and the Koc family. She also did PR for ATS for a well known Turkish dance group The Fire of Anatolia, partnering her efforts with the Federation of Turkish Association (FTAA). Janet feels privileged to have worked with the late Ahmet Ertegun and to have interviewed several very well known Turkish artists - Ismail Acar and Bedri Baykam. She also reported on a number of high level Turkish consulate events as well as Israeli delegations to the U.N. Currently, this budding novelist is about to complete her second book - a collection of Turkish cultural stories both nostalgic and spiritual that reveal an intimate portrait of the country, its people and deep seated cultural traditions. Janet is a fluent speaker of Turkish as a second language and an avid art aficiando whose family roots span from Belarus through the Baltic Sea and Hungary.