Witold Szablowski, born 1980, studied Political Science in Warsaw and Istanbul.
He worked as a freelance journalist for Polish media in Turkey and as a reporter for the news station TVN 24.
Since 2006 he has been a staff member of the Gazeta Wyborcza, writing for the paper’s Duzy Format magazine.
Witold won the Polish radio prize Melchior, the Amnesty International Award in 2008 and the European Union’s For Diversity.Against Discrimination prize. Last year he received the prize for journalism by the European Parliament.
Witold´s book "Assassin from Apricot City. Reportages from Turkey" was published last year and is now nominated for NIKE, a prestigious literary award in Poland. It is being translated into 4 languages.
His next book will be about a project which he his doing together with his wife: They will go back and live like the people during the communist Poland with all the clothes, food and equipment of that time. For 6 months they will live and behave like there would be no capitalism, no internet, no mobile phones and no European Union in Poland.
Witold´s blind date: Irakli Absandze