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

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 04:05

Russia Seeks Stronger, More Positive Ties to Africa at Sochi Summit

Russia’s modern presence in Africa hasn’t always taken a positive spin, but Moscow hopes to rebrand the relationship with an ambitious new summit

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:50

Torture, Sexual Abuse Prompt Calls for Reform of Nigeria's Islamic Schools

President Buhari vows to close some Islamic schools known as Almajiris, where raids exposed abuse across northern Nigeria

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 08:52

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Abiy: ‘All of My Intention and Action Is Aimed at Elevating Ethiopia’

In an interview with VOA’s Eskinder Firew in May, Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister of Ethiopia, discussed his country’s relationship with neighbor Eritrea, judicial reforms and the imprint he hopes to leave

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:44

Ethiopia Condemns Egyptian Proposal for Nile Water Usage

The Nile Basin countries are locked in a bitter dispute over how to manage a massive infrastructure project that could produce 6,000 megawatts of power for Ethiopia

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 21:54

Zambian President Rings Alarm on Climate Change

Rising temperatures and prolonged droughts mean Zambia needs to take urgent action to stem the effects of climate change, President Edgar Lungu told VOA

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 05:56

Historic Payment to Gabon Seeks to Preserve ‘Earth’s Lungs’

The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI) announced Sunday that Gabon will get money from Norway to preserve the country’s forests and combat climate change

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 05:41

Guinean President Visits US, Faces Term Limit Questions

Condé faces questions over efforts to amend the constitution and stay in power for a third term

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:41

Rights Groups Urge Release of Journalists in Eritrea, Years After Disappearances

Aaron Berhane, a former editor-in-chief and cofounder of Setit, once Eritrea's largest independent newspaper, highlights the plight of colleagues who disappeared after being detained

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 11:53

Ethiopian Military Captures Suspected IS Members

But Gen. Berhanu Jula, deputy chief of staff and director of military operations in the Ethiopian Armed Forces, downplays IS threat

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 16:48

After a Week of Xenophobic Attacks, South Africa Grapples for Answers

Roots of the anger against foreigners are difficult to pin down; they make up about 7% of the population, but some politicians and officials have amplified the belief that foreigners own an outsized share of businesses in the country

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.

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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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