Twice a year the International Reporting Project (IRP) awards up to 12 U.S. "gatekeeper" editors fellowships to travel as a group on an intensive fact-finding visit to a single important but somewhat under covered country in the news.

In the fall of 2008 12 senior U.S. editors and producers traveled to Turkey for a 10-day International Reporting Project (IRP) Gatekeeper Editors trip. They were accompanied by Shayla Harris of the New York Times, who shot video during the trip.

The editors met with Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for an interview covering a wide range of topics, including U.S. Turkey relations, Iraq, energy, religion and the new U.S. administration.

Erdoğan recently made headlines by walking out of a session at the World Economic Forum following a heated debate on the Gaza conflict.

Erdoğan answers the Gatekeepers' questions in the following video.

For more information about the IRP Gatekeepers trip please visit:

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