She was born in Istanbul. After Kadıköy Girls’ High School, she graduated from the Department of Radio and Television at Istanbul University, Vocational School of Press and Media . She started her professional career at Kanal D Newsroom. She worked at Kanal D as a reporter, a newscaster, a morning show presenter. Then, she worked as a reporter and a presenter at Show TV, Kanal 6, and Star for a a while.
In 2004, she joined CNN Türk and continued her journey there for 4 years. The series of new about organ transplantation, prepared by her, was turned into a TV program that lasted 6 months. Yılmaz, who has presented news at various programs on different timelines at Habertürk TV for years, started to moderate discussion programs. Didem Yılmaz still features as a moderator in Türkiye’nin Nabzı [The Pulse of Turkey] at Habertürk TV.