The International Reporting (and Life) Adventures of Vivian Salama

About Me

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.


Cairo, February 2011

Lahore, March 2009

Great Wall of China, March 2010

Aden, Yemen - March 2013

Aden, Yemen – March 2013

14 Responses to “About Me”

  1. […] Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Architecture, Cairo. Tags: Archaeology, Egypt trackback Vivian Salama at her blog is reporting that Egypt’s Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni and Prince Karim Aga Khan, the current […]

  2. Kristin B. Sandvik said

    Hi Vivian,
    I just stumbled over your pictures from the Sudanese Cairo protest- they are wonderful. I am currently writing up my dissertation on refugee resettlement. I did my fieldwork in Uganda, andd I brought along a photographer to document the predicament of exile in Kampala. But as I start my final chapter with a description of what went on in Cairo, I was wondering whether you would let me use one of your pictures- specifically the one posted in your blog entry- to illustrate that section.

    kristin B. Sandvik

  3. bujang said

    Nice To Meet you ….

  4. Morgan said

    You are doing incredilbe things! I am so excited and jealous of your journies and your wonderful life. I wish you all the best in everything you do!

  5. Benson Pulikkottil said

    Great work! Thanks for keeping me updated on global matters.

  6. Fred. said

    Hi Vivian,
    I would like to ask for your permission for the use of the photo (http://viviansalama.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/gaza-woman.jpg) as a poster background for a fund raising charity we are planning for gaza relief.

  7. Navi said

    great things ……….Gorgeous !!


  8. Jeff said

    Hey Vivian, stumbled across your story on the Dubai aquarium. Could not believe it was you standing there…small world I guess. Safe travels and keep doing good things.

    Jeff F.

  9. I usually don’t post on Blogs but ya forced me to, great info.. excellent! … I’ll add a backlink and bookmark your site.

    I’m Out! :)

  10. raj said

    I accidentally came across this site

  11. Aki Lee said

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Re: Request for permission to use your picture

    We would like to request for your permission to use a picture from your website: http://viviansalama.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/ramadan.jpg?w=531&h=411 as teaching material in our secondary history book series entitled: Travelling Through History. This series of textbooks follows closely the history syllabus prepared by the Hong Kong Curriculum Development Council. This book will be published in June 2011.

    The above noted picture is attached for your reference.

    In addition to the print format, we would also like to feature this picture in an accompanying CD-Rom, which is a replication of the above noted in electronic format. Available free of charge only to those who have purchased the print format, the CD-Rom is a complementary resource that allows users of the printed book the convenience of viewing the contents on their personal computers. We would like to emphasis that the said CD-Rom forms part of, and is not separate from, the total archival files of the print edition.

    It is our opinion that the above noted picture would be of benefit to teachers as a teaching resource, and to students in terms of enhancing their historical knowledge. Due acknowledgement of your kindness would be made in our skills book series.

    We shall be pleased to come to a suitable arrangement with the owner. Should you have any requests or enquiries, please feel free to e-mail me at akilee@aristo.com.hk.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

    Yours sincerely

    Aki Lee
    Assistant editor, History Department
    Aristo Educational Press Ltd.

  12. laura McMahon said

    HI please can you contact me or add me as a friend on linked in

    i work in the UAE in marketing and communications

    I noticed that you are a journalist and that you cover various…..

    Do you have someone who can cover the walk the world press conference at short notice
    050 874 7339

  13. Hi, love your blog! i was wondering if we could use a few photos (of Mohamed Mahdi Akef)
    for an interview we did for our magazine. We lost the images we had last minute and are a bit desperate.
    here’s the link: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=mohammed+mahdi+akef&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&rls=en&biw=1235&bih=409&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnso&tbnid=41GIopyUiZ1_-M:&imgrefurl=http://viviansalama.wordpress.com/category/muslim-brotherhood/&docid=7XpyqRXGjKwHuM&imgurl=http://viviansalama.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/ds107_rj.jpg&w=1000&h=1500&ei=F_dYT7xL5KjRBaCGsdcN&zoom=1


  14. […] week I’ll be speaking at the National Conference on Media Reform with Matt Stempeck, Josh Sterns, Vivian Salama, and Wafa Ben Hassine. This potential of citizen witnesses, and how we in the human rights, media, […]

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