Hello, I’m Salem Solomon.

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.

I invite you to check out my stories, multimedia projects, media appearances and résumé.

Recent Stories

May 06, 2019

In Eritrea, Jailed Journalists Continue to Languish


April 30, 2019

Benin Internet Shutdown Repeats Pattern of Government Censorship Across Africa

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.

April 26, 2019

Egyptian Woman Brutalized in Arab Spring Protest Continues Rights Campaign

Security forces beat and sexually assaulted Hend Nafea during clashes in 2011 in Cairo's Tahrir Square, but she’s still fighting for change.

April 26, 2019

In Eritrea, Jailed Journalists Continue to Languish

A free press remains elusive in Eritrea, Sub-Saharan Africa’s worst jailer of journalists.

April 19, 2019

Sudanese Political Cartoonist Seeks Lasting Change with Iconic Images

Political cartoonist Khalid Albaih captures Sudan's upheaval with iconic images designed to appeal to Western media.

April 12, 2019

Sudan's New Military Council Leader Promises Civilian Rule Within 2 Years

Saleh Gosh oversaw his agency's brutal crackdown on demonstrators during the four months of protests that ended President al-Bashir's rule.

April 06, 2019

US Congresswoman Calls on Eritrea to Release American

Ciham Ali Abdu has been detained in Eritrea for more than six years.

April 04, 2019

Detained in Beijing, Facing Death

Nazrawit Abera was arrested for carrying bottles of cocaine her family says weren't hers.

March 29, 2019

Burundi Extends Bans on VOA, BBC, Deepening Media Crackdown

Burundian government has indefinitely blocked VOA and BBC broadcasts, and outlawed journalists from providing information to broadcasters.

March 21, 2019

Ethiopian Survivor Recounts New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Abdulkadir Ababora survived joint attacks that left 50 people dead in New Zealand mosques.

March 13, 2019

Father of Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Mourns Irrepressible Son

Yared Getachew was the youngest captain at Ethiopian Airlines but also an accomplished pilot with more than 10 years of experience.

March 06, 2019

All-female Legal Group Fights for Women, Girls in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, an all-female group of lawyers provides legal protection pro bono for young women and girls at risk.

March 03, 2019

Ethiopian Disability Rights Advocate Champions Opportunities for Women


February 24, 2019

African Women Surmount Obstacles to Redefine Their Countries’ Militaries

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.

February 22, 2019

In Nigeria, Female Candidates Find Opportunities Amid Shifting Attitudes

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.

Media Appearances

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.

Watch My Appearances

Essays & Analysis

The New York Times Magazine

‘They’re Going to Come for Us’: A Teenage Girl Caught in a War’s Riptides

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.

Columbia Journalism Review

The 'North Korea of Africa'? Not so fast.

For years, news outlets in Europe and North America have aimed to cover African places and people in terms familiar to their audiences.

Foreign Policy

Life in Eritrea’s News Desert

What the country teaches the world about the importance of an independent press.

Washington Post

No, al-Shabab is not deadlier than Boko Haram. Here are better numbers.

For years, Boko Haram has carried the dubious distinction of being Africa’s deadliest terrorist group.

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