Award-winning newscaster Nazlı Çelik ’96 discussed her compelling journey, the significance of her time at TASIS, and her pioneering career as a female journalist in Turkey with TASIS seniors in the Palmer Center on the evening of Sunday, November 18. Her visit represented the second installment of the 2018–2019 TASIS Speaker Series.
Watch Ms. Çelik’s engaging address to the senior class
Ms. Çelik, whose impressive accomplishments were discussed in a recent TASIS Alumni Notes entry, attended primary and secondary schools in Istanbul at Dost College before coming to TASIS for four years of high school. She then matriculated to Emerson College in Boston and double- majored in Psychology and Journalism, graduating with honors.
Starting in 1999, Ms. Çelik worked at NTV News Center as a police-court reporter for six years. In 2002, at the invitation of the American State Department, including the White House and the Pentagon, she completed a Television Journalism program.
Working at Star TV for nearly two years, Ms. Çelik presented on Nightly News with Nazlı Öztarhan and on Erdoğan Aktaş’s Red Chair program in 2006. She then moved to Star TV’s main news program from June 2006 to February 2008. From 2008 to 2011, she worked the weekend news center for Uğur Dündar and served as the news coordinator. Since 2011, she has been the chief editor of Star TV’s Home News.
Ms. Çelik received her first award, from Turkey Journalists, in 2004 for an interview from the League "Ilhami Erdil" area, and she has since been honored more than 100 times for her journalism, including six Golden Butterfly awards for best newscaster.
TASIS Speaker Series
The TASIS Speaker Series (TSS), formerly known as the Senior Humanities Program (SHP) and renamed in 2018 to more accurately reflect its present purpose, draws from five fundamental elements of the TASIS identity—truth, goodness, beauty, international understanding, and humanitarian action—to provide TASIS students with a signature educational experience.
The TSS Committee, chaired by High School English teacher and Associate Dean Peter Locke, selects four speakers each year who embody the pillars of the program—with priority given to speakers who fulfill those virtues in some capacity. The Committee strives for a variety of voices, backgrounds, and professions represented in each year’s group but ultimately selects speakers on the basis of their ability to enhance the intellectual and moral experience of the outgoing seniors and the community as a whole.
Although the TSS focuses on students near the end of their TASIS careers, the program aspires to serve as an educative instrument for the entire division, creating opportunities for all High School students to interact with people and ideas of significance that are concerned with the world beyond the TASIS campus. Students enhance their intellectual experience through discussions, lectures, class visits, and film screenings centered on some combination of truth, goodness, beauty, international understanding, and humanitarian action. Above all else, the program conveys a clear message to students about what the School hopes for and expects from them after they leave TASIS.