Esra is an award-winning journalist and the Founder of Karakaya Talks, a talk show and news content startup that centers traditionally marginalized communities. Among many other prizes, Zeit Campus 2020 named her as one of the 30 under 30 Changing Germany. She also won the Hildegard-Hamm-Brücher Prize 2021 for democracy, and Karakaya Talks was winner of the 2020 Grimme Online Awards for culture and entertainment.
She is passionate about media justice and committed to producing critical and accessible news content for marginalized communities.
Updated November 2022
More from Esra Karakaya
Connect and Thrive
As her Action Project, Landecker Democracy Fellow Esra is bringing together media entrepreneurs of underrepresented communities and building coalitions to share insights and streamline resources, editorial capacities, and reach.
Senior Fellow Esra Karakaya and Fellow Dennis Enßlen featured participants at Z2X
Congratulations to Senior Fellow Esra Karakaya and Fellow Dennis Enßlen for their featured participation in Z2X!
My car is my safe space
Senior Fellow and journalist Esra Karakaya presents her TV shows wearing a headscarf. In a recent interview published in the German daily Der Tagesspiegel, she talks about omnipresent prejudices, stigmatisation and everyday racism in Germany.
Senior Fellow Esra Karakaya featured as Zeit Campus Magazine's 30 under 30
Senior Fellow Esra Karakaya is featured on the cover photo of the most recent Zeit Campus magazine. Why? Esra was named as one of the 30 most important under 30-year-old who are transforming Germany.
Mentoring Program: Kick-Off Event
Today we are launching our new mentoring program for the Action Projects of our 2019 Fellows.
Reflective Essay on John Lewis Fellowship
Fellows' Collective Critiques of the 2017 Appeal for Human Rights
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John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2017
Senior Fellow Esra Karakaya hosts an online talk show BlackRockTalk, discussing social phenomenas and global experiences from a youthful and intellectual perspective.