Tan Tunali worked as a Turkey correspondent between 2013 and 2016. Before his studies in Political Science and International Relations, he only knew Turkey from his annual holiday at the Mediterranean coast. In 2010, Tunali moved to Istanbul to participate in an exchange at Boğazici University. During the exchange he improved his Turkish and decided to return as a correspondent.

Tunali worked for several media, amongst others dailies Het Financieele Dagblad and Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer. In 2017 Tunali returned to the Netherlands where he keeps writing on Turkey for Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer.