Mithat Bereket

Mithat Bereket

Year: 
2011
Outlet: 
TRT
Country: 
Turkey

Mithat Bereket hosts the bi-weekly news and foreign affairs documentary "PUSULA," which means "Compass". Pusula has been on air for 15 years and is being broadcast on TRT1, Turkey's national public broadcasting network. Before joining the TRT, Bereket hosted a daily primetime news program, +Bir, ("Plus One") for CNN Turk. During his 24 years of experience as a TV journalist, Bereket has taken part in the coverage of a number of major events as the main anchorman for Turkish news channel NTV. These events include U.S. President Bill Clinton’s visit to Turkey, the OSCE Summit in Istanbul, the Helsinki Summit of the European Union, general elections in Greece, the elections in Cyprus, the elections in the U.S. and the World Trade Center attacks in New York, the EU Summit in Luxemburg.

As a roving reporter and war correspondent, Bereket travels extensively around the world for major news stories. He followed the first Gulf War, the war in Bosnia, the Afghan War, the tensions in Algeria, the conflict in Karabagh, the war in Chechnya, the Palestinian Intifada, the NATO Operation in Kosovo and the War In Iraq. Bereket has held several exclusive interviews with leaders, politicians, opinion-makers and other prominent public figures including Nelson Mandela, Benazir Butto, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Muammar Al Gaddafi, Yasser Arafat, Yitzak Rabin, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger.

Bereket graduated from the University of Ankara with a degree in International Relations. He played basketball professionally both at the College Basketball Team and then later for the Turkish National Team. He got his M.A. from Lancaster University, Department of International Relations, in England. His master’s dissertation was on Cyprus. He also hosted a drive-time morning-radio show in Best-FM, named “Sesli Gazete” (Vocal Newspaper) for 7 years. Bereket currently lectures at the Pusula Academy (Compass Academy) of the Communications Faculty of Kadir Has University in Istanbul. He gives lectures in the Newmedia Department of the same university.

As one of AAM's first international partners, Bereket has produced multiple documentaries in partnership with AAM, including a documentary on Religious Freedom and the American Experience; a 2-part documentary on Islam in America; and a 2-part documentary series examining Internet Freedom in Turkey.

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