As the BBC Central Asia correspondent, Natalia Antelava covers five post Soviet "stans": Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. A job that takes her to some of the least explored corners of the world.
Natalia wanted to be a journalist for as long as she can remember herself. And the career took off when as a student she filed her first radio reports for BBC African service from Dakar, Senegal.
After a year of study, work and travel in West Africa, she used the experience to convince BBC Washington bureau to hire her as a freelance producer. A few months later, eager to get on the road again, she set herself up as a freelance journalist in the Caucasus. During the time she reported from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iran and Turkey.
After covering Georgia's Rose Revolution in 2003, she became BBC Caucasus reporter and then moved on to Central Asia in 2006.