Initially broadcast on Columbia Access Television in Columbia, Mo, Africa Talks is a talk show profiling people and issues affecting the continent of Africa. The show ranges from hard hitting political coverage to light-hearted human interest stories. It invites guests who live in the U.S. and abroad. As an extension of the broadcast on cable and online, this space is a multimedia news site tracking issues about Africa and the global African diaspora. It is also an online journal where host Salem Solomon shares stories pertaining to the continent.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Reuters, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Global Journalist, KBIA.org, Columbia Access Television (CAT TV), Newsy.com, KOPN Community Radio, East Africa In Focus and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and more. She has commented on current events in the Atlantic, Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, Voice of America and the Columbia Missourian. She got her start in her home country of Eritrea working in the English-language department of the state-owned television station Eri-TV. There, she anchored the nightly news.
She currently works as a contributing writer at the Tampa Bay Business Journal producing in-depth feature stories and online content. She produces content for Morning Edition, a five-times-a-week business news roundup and an email newsletter emailed to readers in the Tampa Bay area, submits freelance articles to the American City Business Journals, runs Africa-Talks.com and posts journalism related content and reading thoughts on her blog ”Eyes Wide Open.” She is a graduate student and a teaching assistant at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. She helps teach feature writing, multimedia reporting and other classes taught by Dr. Mark Walters.