Multimedia International Broadcaster, VOA Africa
Salem Solomon is a journalist with the Voice of America’s Africa Division. In addition to filing her own reports, Solomon works with reporters from the Division’s 15 language services to bring local stories to a wider audience. Before joining VOA, she was a writer at the Tampa Bay Business Journal and an anchor for Newsy.com, an online news site. She also hosted Global Journalist, a radio show on international news at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. At the Voice of America, Solomon 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 coming to the U.S., she was a news anchor for the English News Department of Eri-TV, a state-owned television station in Eritrea. In addition, Solomon 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. Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Asmara and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Expertise: Sub-Saharan Africa, US Africa Policy, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Press & Internet Freedom, Women's Rights, Human Rights, Migration, Drought/Famine
Languages: English, Amharic, Tigrigna
Location: Washington, DC