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Orhan Karaveli

Orhan Karaveli

The basics
Occupations Journalist Biographer
Gender male
Birth February 26, 1930 (Ankara)
Education Galatasaray High School
Authority Library of congress id VIAF id
The details

Orhan Karaveli (born 1930) is a Turkish journalist and writer.

Personal life

Orhan Karaveli's family was a member of Karaevli Turkmen tribe .(Their surname reflects their tribe name with a transposition of two letters) Orhan was born to Mahmut and his wife Rafia in Ankara on 26 February 1930. He attended İstiklal primary school in 1936. But next year he was transferred to Galatasaray primary school in İstanbul. He continued his secondary education in Galatasaray High School till 1949. Although he began studying in the law school of İstanbul University, he took a pause for his military service in the anti aircraft school. He resumed his university education up to 1954. He also studied in the University of Westminster for one year.

He is married and father of three.


He began his journalism career while he was still in the university. His first paid-article was published in the periodical Her Hafta in 1948 about a reclusive man in Uludağ ( a mountain close to Bursa). He served in the newspaper Yeni İstanbul between 1950-1954. During this period he also supported his elder brother Nihat Karaveli in publishing the first sexual health periodical Cinsi Bilgiler Mecmuası (beginning by April 1949) for 60 months. In 1955, he moved to Berlin and London to serve as the European-correspondent of the daily Milliyet for three years. While in London he frequently flew to Cyprus for Cyprus issue news. After returning home he became a part-time correspondent of News Chronicle in Turkey Later, he also served for the Vatan newspaper . While he was working for Vatan he was sent to the United States for two and a half months in 1959. He spent a part of his visit in Professor John A. Garraty's house who was a friend of his. He accompanied Adnan Menderes , the Turkish Prime Minister in his visits in the United States. Some of his other notable foreign visits and interviews were to Cuba during the early days of the Communist rule, in 1960 to Soviet Union to watch a congress of orianalism in which he interviewed Nazım Hikmet, in 1961 to Jugoslavia to watch the Non-Aligned Conference in which he spoke to Jawaharlal Nehru and Josip Broz Tito.In 1960s after his father had a stroke he undertook his father’s business which was mainly mining. After improving the business he returned to journalism and served for Cumhuriyet both as a reporter and a columnist. In 1977 and 1998 he received the Turkey Journalists Association Achievement Award. He is a member of Turkish Journalists Association and has a Press Honor Card (Basın şeref kartı).


Orhan karaveli wrote twelve books:

  • Kişiler ve Köşeler (1982) His impressions about the US (when he accompanied the Turkish prime minister Adnan Menderes to the US in 1959)
  • Bir Ankara Ailesinin Öyküsü ( 1999) Memories about his childhood in Ankara
  • 1946-1999 Şiirler (1999) poems
  • Görgü Tanığı (2001) His memories as a writer
  • Tanıdığım Nazım Hikmet (2002) Biography of the Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet
  • Sakallı Celal (2004) Biography of the Turkish philosopher Celal Yalınız
  • Tevfik Fikret ve Haluk Gerçeği (2004) Biography of the Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret and his son Haluk
  • Ziya Gökalp'i Doğru Tanımak (2008) Biography of Ziya Gökalp, a man of letters
  • Ali Kemal Belki de Günah Keçisi (2009): Biography of Ali Kemal a journalist who was lynched
  • Berlin'in Yalnız Kadınları (2012) About the women in 1950s Berlin
  • Kendi heykelini Yapan Adam İlhan Selçuk (2012) Biography of the Turkish journalist İlhan Selçuk
  • O Olmasaydı (2014) About the Gallipoli Campaign
  • Elit kitap

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