Zia Weise is a journalist covering Europe.
Previously, she was based in Istanbul as a freelance journalist, covering Turkey and the region from 2014 to 2018.
While based in Istanbul, Zia reported on major events such as the 2015/16 refugee crisis and Turkey’s failed coup. From 2016, she extensively covered Turkey’s democratic decline. Besides Turkey, she has reported from central and southern Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus and northern Africa.
Her freelance work appeared in Politico, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Time, IRIN, Public Radio International, Die Zeit, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Independent, among others. She also contributed to radio and TV reports on the BBC, PRI and others.
In 2016, she was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards; the same year, she received a security training grant from the Rory Peck Trust. She was on the One World Media Awards longlist in 2018.
Zia was born and raised in Munich, Germany. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and politics from London's Kingston University, and strongly believes menemen ought to be made with onions.
Contact: zia.weise [at] gmail.com