Salem Solomon is a 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 15 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 Let’s Talk. She has also appeared on Al Jazeera English and NPR affiliate KBIA. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Poynter.org, Reuters and the Tampa Bay Times.
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.
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.