Salem Solomon is a multimedia digital journalist with the Voice of America’s Africa Division, where she covers the latest news from across the continent. In addition to filing her own reports, Salem works with reporters from the Division’s roughly 17 language services to bring local stories to a wider audience.
Salem makes frequent appearances on TV and radio, including VOA’s news and lifestyle programs Africa 54, Up Front and Plugged in with Greta Van Susteren, a show examining U.S. policy. She has also appeared on Al Jazeera English and NPR. Her work has appeared in prominent publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and Foreign Polcicy. She produces data-driven multimedia projects and researches trends in analytics and digital journalism. Her work focused on journalism inovation and fact-checking initiatives has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review and Poynter.org.
For her master’s project, Salem examined the root causes of the Mediterranean migration crisis through an interactive multimedia website, Perilous Journeys. At the Voice of America, Salem produced How Long Have Africa’s Presidents Held Office?, a special report that won second place in the data visualization category at the 2016 Africa Media Awards. Other projects include How Western DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Was Contained, Unrest: Ethiopia at a Crossroads, Zimbabwe in Transition and Hunger Across Africa.
Before joining VOA, Salem was a contributing writer at the Tampa Bay Business Journal/American City Business Journals and an anchor for Newsy.com, an online news site. She hosted Global Journalist, a radio show on international news with panels of journalists at the Missouri School of Journalism.
She was a board member at Columbia Access Television, the local community TV station in Columbia, Missouri, and volunteered at the local radio station, KOPN. There, she hosted music shows and worked on news programs and public service announcements. Before coming to the U.S., Salem was a news anchor for the English News Department at Eri-TV, a state-owned television station in Eritrea.
Salem is the founder and editor of Africa Talks, a multimedia website about Africa and the global African Diaspora and future training hub for African journalists.