Baktygul Chynybaeva has been working as a healthcare and environmental journalist in Kyrgyzstan for the last 20 years. Since 2014 she has been a correspondent of Azattyk Media and has made stories on health care, environmental issues, climate change, the impact of these problems on Kyrgyzstan.
She runs a weekly program, 'Healthy Lifestyle', and prepares a radio program, 'Green Planet', twice a month. She often covers topics related to climate change and interviews various experts, including international sustainability experts. She takes the initiative in introducing new environmental concepts and awareness to media programs in Kyrgyzstan.
In 2016 she broadcasted a radio program on the effects of air pollution and smog in the capital city Bishkek on its residents' health. After frequently raising this issue in the media, she ultimately drew the awareness of international organizations and local authorities to take action on air pollution in the city. After several stories related to this problem, civil society also started to make some movements and the US Embassy with UNDP installed air quality measuring devices in Bishkek.
In her programs and articles, Baktygul reflects on climate change in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, and around the world. She writes articles on the melting of glaciers, the problem of waste, and the shortage of irrigation water, with the covering of ordinary people's lives and adding views of world-class scientists.
In 2018 she was awarded with the Mercy Award of the year for her investigation and constant work on the issue of children's cancer in the country. Recently her story on extreme weather and climate change impacts to Kyrgyzstan’s farmers lives was selected as the best environmental story in a local NGO’s article competition.