Carolyn Talya Cakir

Carolyn is a News Writer for Romper and freelance journalist specializing in politics, international affairs, and pop culture. She is a master at pub trivia, loves 90s hip hop, and binge-watching The West Wing on Netflix. Follow her on Instagram @carolyncakir.
Recent Articles

Who Is Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz? The 24-Year-Old Died In The Orlando Mass Shooting

On the morning of Sunday, June 12, 49 lives were tragically cut short when a gunman opened fire in an Orlando gay nightclub. One week later and the world is still reeling from this heinous act of hate and terror inflicted on innocent Pulse club goers…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

This One Anton Yelchin Scene Shows How Gifted He Really Was

Hollywood is still reeling over the loss of one of its great young performers. Actor Anton Yelchin was found dead from a tragic car accident early Sunday morning. The 27-year-old was best known for his role as Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek franchi…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Anton Yelchin's Last Appearance Proved Exactly Why He Was The Talk Of Hollywood

Star Trek star Anton Yelchin was killed early Sunday morning in a freak accident, TMZ reported. The 27-year-old actor was discovered pinned between his car and a brick mailbox by friends after he missed rehearsal Saturday night. Although he has finis…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

How To Talk To Your Kids About The Orlando Club Shooting

At least 50 people are dead and more than 53 are wounded after a lone gunman opened fire in an Orlando club early Sunday morning. The shooter, who been identified as Omar Sassiqui Mateen, targeted the LGBTQ community by attacking a popular gay nightc…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Who Is Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz? His Name Was Listed As Another Orlando Shooting Casualty

As details emerge, the world mourns the lives lost in the mass shooting at a popular Orlando gay hotspot on early Sunday morning. At least 50 people are dead and 53 others wounded after a man who walked into Pulse nightclub and gunned down revelers w…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Who is Edward Sotomayor Jr.? The Orlando Shooting Victim Is 1 of 4 Names Listed By Police

Fifty people are dead and 53 more are wounded after a gunman opened fire in a popular LGBT Orlando club in the early morning hours on Sunday. Authorities are calling the shooting an act of terror. As police continue investigating the incident, the Ci…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Is Fever A Symptom Of Zika? It's One Of Many

A new report from the CDC suggests 279 pregnant women in the United States are infected with Zika virus. For most people, Zika is not harmful—in fact, many victims exhibit no symptoms at all—but for these women, the disease poses a huge risk of misca…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Adults Who Dress Like Babies Now Have Their Very Own Store

Some Chicagoans may need a time out. Adults who dress like babies now have their very own store in Chicago and residents of Mount Prospect are up in arms. A retailer selling diapers in larger sizes for adults has opened up shop in the quiet Chicago s…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Can Trump Convince Bernie Sanders' Supporters To Vote For Him?

With Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination, and Bernie Sanders' concession all but official, many are left wondering what will happen to the legions of Sanders supporters left over. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reached…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Who's Behind The Tel Aviv Shooting? The Attack Left Several Dead

Four people are dead after two gunmen opened fire at a popular outdoor shopping and restaurant district in central Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday. Israeli police have condemned the attack as an act of terror. At least nine more people were wounded and…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

How To Identify A Zika-Carrying Mosquito From The Swarms In Your Backyard

The Zika virus outbreak that has been devestating Central and South America for months is now threatening to hit the United States. Zika infection is particularly dangerous to pregnant women who may pass it onto their fetus causing miscarriage or a s…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

How To Get Tickets To 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' & Support Diverse Casting

I have a confession. I’ve been going through serious HP withdrawal. I’ve tried everything, a Hunger Games injection, some Divergent pills, but nothing works. If you’ve been suffering as I have from a lack of magic in your life, never fear. Harry Pott…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Stanford Rapist's Father Speaks Out, Makes The Situation Much Worse

It’s a story fit for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit—elite university athlete found guilty of raping unconscious female at fraternity party receives slap on the wrist. Unfortunately, it isn’t fiction. Former Stanford University Varsity swimmer Broc…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Adele's Spice Girls Tribute Makes Everyone's Heads Explode

Stars, they’re just like us. Take away the powerhouse voice, killer songwriting skills and multiple awards and Adele is just another 20-something lady with a serious love for the Spice Girls. The singer displayed her fangirl status during an Amsterda…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Is The Zika Funding Delay Rooted In Sexism? With Women’s Health At Risk, It Would Seem So

Zika has hit the United States. With creeping certainty, it crossed our borders, infecting women scattered across the country, and now the first American baby with Zika-linked microcephaly has been born in New Jersey. The White House has suggested th…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

How To Talk To Your Kids About #WearOrange Day

Every day, 296 people are shot in America. Every day, 89 people are killed by gun violence. These statistics from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, definitively show that the United States has a serious gun problem. That's why this week, mo…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

How To Explain Massachusetts' Transgender Protection Bill To Your Kids

In a major victory for transgender rights, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill that provides explicit protections to transgender people in public and allows them to use the bathroom and locker room that corresponds with their gen…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Rush Limbaugh's Thoughts On Harambe The Gorilla Are Truly Baffling

Bill Nye the Science Guy, he is not. Perhaps Rush Limbaugh needs to high school biology refresher, because he seems a bit confused about the whole evolution thing. The conservative talk radio show host had a unique take on the death of Harambe the go…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Taylor Swift Thanked Calvin Harris In Her Recent iHeartRadio Acceptance Speech — Awkward

Nooooooo! Better break out The Notebook and a pint of Haagen-Daaz because one of your favorite couples have split. People reported Wednesday multiple sources confirming that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have broken up. It comes as a shock to fans …
By Carolyn Talya Cakir

Who Were The UCLA Shooting Victims? Details Are Scarce

The University of California, Los Angeles went into lockdown after police responded to an active shooter report on Wednesday. UCLA police initially reported that there were at least two victims, and confirmation by the LAPD and LAFD further confirmed…
By Carolyn Talya Cakir