Mel Plant is a freelance reporter currently based in Amman, Jordan. She was previously based in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently studying Arabic and Turkish as part of a degree programme at SOAS, University of London.
At SOAS she was the Editor in Chief of the university's only student newspaper, The SOAS Spirit, from 2015-16.
She's interested in exploring big issues and the intersections between culture and politics through features on ordinary folk, as well as writing news reports on civil society movements throughout the MENA region.
With a developed knowledge of Turkish politics, she looks to be based in Istanbul in the near future and is available for assignment to write about anything and everything.
Her first article was published in her hometown Wolverhampton's local newspaper, The Express and Star, describing her experiences in Palestine.
She has been published so far in Middle East Eye, News Deeply, Al-Monitor, The National, How We Get To Next, Souciant, Global Voices, Roads and Kingdoms and the Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, where she interned in Summer 2016.
She also posts occasionally on Medium.
C.V. available on request.