My name is Vivian Salama. I’ve worked as a journalist for the past 15 years — the past 11 of which were spent working as a foreign correspondent.
A native of New York, I have lived in the Middle East and South Asia on and off since 2003. Most recently, I’ve been reporting from the U.S. and the Middle East on stories including the Egyptian presidential election and attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. I have also taken several recent trips to Yemen to report on the U.S. targeted killings program, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and on the fallout of its 2011 popular uprising. I have also spent time in North Africa, writing about various human rights issues, as well as the rise of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
Until late 2011, I was based in the United Arab Emirates as a correspondent for Bloomberg News, during which time I wrote about revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. I have also been based in Lahore, Pakistan and Cairo, Egypt. My byline has appeared in various publications including Bloomberg News, Rolling Stone, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek Magazine, Business Week Magazine, Time.com, WashingtonPost.com, USA Today, the Daily Star and the International Herald Tribune, among others. I’ve also appeared as a commentator on networks including CNN, HuffPost Live, BBC (TV and Radio), South African Broadcasting Corp. (TV), Al-Jazeera America, Bloomberg TV, TVNZ, France24, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Voice of America and NPR. Prior to moving East, I was the producer for NBC and ABC News in New York.
I’ve also reported from sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, China, North and South Korea and the United States.
In early 2008 I completed a masters degree in Islamic Politics and Security at Columbia University. In Fall 2007, I spent the semester lecturing on Global Media issues at Rutgers University. I am the author of a lengthy study entitled “Virtual Terrorism — From Training Camps to Virtual Sanctuary: The Impact of Islamic Jihad in the Virtual World” which was featured in the book Radicalization, Terrorism and Conflict, published by Cambridge Scholars in 2013.