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.
Release of religious prisoners after 26 years sparks hope that journalists jailed in 2001 might finally be reunited with family
Prominent Ethiopian military official confirms presence of Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray despite denials by Eritrean government
A Reuters news report alleges that surveillance footage from the AU was stolen by Chinese hackers; Beijing dismisses the report
Reports emerge of Eritrean refugees in Tigray being attacked, abducted and returned to their home country in violation of international law
With phone and internet disrupted, covering developments like Tigray conflict is challenge for Ethiopia’s diaspora media and their audiences
Analyst says drones are stationed in Eritrean port city near Tigray
As the government claims victory in what it says is a law enforcement campaign in the Tigray region, journalists say the internet and telecom shutdown has made independent verification difficult
Since the disbanding of a police unit accused of excessive force in October, the Nigerian government has made reforms, but activists and academics say the fight for justice and sustainable change is not over
As the government claims victory in what it calls a law enforcement campaign in the Tigray region, journalists say internet, telecom shutdown makes independent verification difficult
The more than week-long conflict in Ethiopia between federal government and regional ruling party TPLF has forced more than 20,000 people to flee to Sudan, according to UN refugee agency
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.