I’m an award-winning multimedia reporter and editor with the Voice of America’s News Center.
Previously, I worked in VOA’s Africa Division, covering 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, The Washington Post, The Tampa Bay Times and Foreign Policy magazine. I also produce data-driven multimedia projects. My work focused on journalism innovation and fact-checking initiatives has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, on Poynter Online and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and I have taught advanced reporting at the University of South Florida’s Department of Journalism and Digital Communication.
Amnesty International report details what the organization calls systematic killing in Axum
Analysts say the resumption of aid is expected as soon as President Joe Biden began implementing his foreign policy changes
Paul Rusesabagina, a humanitarian and activist who is depicted in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ is accused of supporting a rebel group, but his family and supporters say Rwanda has no jurisdiction to try him
Stella Nyanzi, a prominent political activist, told VOA about the abductions and arrests that led her to finally leave her home country
Paul Rusesabagina, a humanitarian and activist who is depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, appeared in court Wednesday, accused of supporting rebel groups
Freelance journalist Lucy Kassa says a raid by unidentified attackers may be linked to her reporting on gang rape in Ethiopia's Tigray region
New report claims federal forces broke laws of war with attacks on Humera, Shire, and Mekelle
Satellite images show two Eritrean refugee camps, Hitsats and Shimelba, which had hosted 25,000 people, have been demolished
Yoweri Museveni was elected for a sixth term to lead the country, but opponents and observers are raising questions about whether the election was free and fair
Maaza Mengiste’s novel has won accolades for its portrayal of women’s role in Ethiopia’s resistance to Italian occupation; now she wants to open the door for other writers
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.