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.
Ibrahim El-Zakzaky was released from four years' detention for trip
Uganda expands its enforcement of a year-old social media regulation, levying the fee on news organizations and social media influencers with large followings
Eritrea's use of secondary schools to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers perpetuate forced labor and physical abuse, according to Human Rights Watch
Professor Stella Nyanzi sentenced to nine more months in prison for committing ‘cyber harassment and offensive communication’ when she posted a provocative poem on Facebook about President Yoweri Museveni
Menashe Levy was arrested four years ago for financial crimes after working in Ethiopia for about seven years, managing the local branch of an Israeli mining company; he was released following ongoing diplomatic efforts
As part of sweeping reforms, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed Meaza Ashenafi to be the first woman to lead the country's Supreme Court. This charismatic lawyer has built a career advocating for women. VOA'S Salem Solomon has this profile.
New report highlights dire conditions for displaced indigenous people in Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley; government says the developments will lift people out of poverty
After more than three years in prison an Eritrean man accused of running a human trafficking ring has been acquitted by an Italian court
Ethiopian Prime Minister undeterred after latest violence
Militant groups are exploiting intercommunal conflict, further destabilizing what is already one of the Sahel region's most lawless areas
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.