I’m a digital, multimedia journalist with the Voice of America’s Africa Division, where I cover the latest news from across the continent.
I report and edit in English, Amharic and Tigrigna, and my work has appeared in The New York Times, Poynter.org, Reuters, The Tampa Bay Times and The Washington Post. I also produce data-driven multimedia stories and research trends in analytics and digital journalism.
Benin is the ninth African country to restrict internet access this year, in a trend that makes it more difficult for journalists to do their work.
Security forces beat and sexually assaulted Hend Nafea during clashes in 2011 in Cairo's Tahrir Square, but she’s still fighting for change.
A free press remains elusive in Eritrea, Sub-Saharan Africa’s worst jailer of journalists.
Political cartoonist Khalid Albaih captures Sudan's upheaval with iconic images designed to appeal to Western media.
Saleh Gosh oversaw his agency's brutal crackdown on demonstrators during the four months of protests that ended President al-Bashir's rule.
Ciham Ali Abdu has been detained in Eritrea for more than six years.
Nazrawit Abera was arrested for carrying bottles of cocaine her family says weren't hers.
Burundian government has indefinitely blocked VOA and BBC broadcasts, and outlawed journalists from providing information to broadcasters.
Abdulkadir Ababora survived joint attacks that left 50 people dead in New Zealand mosques.
Yared Getachew was the youngest captain at Ethiopian Airlines but also an accomplished pilot with more than 10 years of experience.
In Sierra Leone, an all-female group of lawyers provides legal protection pro bono for young women and girls at risk.
African women have long played a vital role in peace and security, but they continue to face harassment and discrimination at all levels of service.
Young female candidates like Zainab Sulaiman Umar are using what some perceive as weaknesses to their advantage, connecting with voters in ways men can't.
I make frequent appearances on TV, radio and web shows to discuss events unfolding across Africa. My comments have appeared on VOA broadcasts, Al Jazeera and Newsy.
My father knew we were next. “They’re going to come for us,” he’d say, after Meles Zenawi, then the prime minister of Ethiopia, told the country on national television in July 1998 that Eritreans weren’t welcome.
For years, news outlets in Europe and North America have aimed to cover African places and people in terms familiar to their audiences.
What the country teaches the world about the importance of an independent press.
For years, Boko Haram has carried the dubious distinction of being Africa’s deadliest terrorist group.