Vivian Salama is the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala’s Master of Ceremonies in Washington D.C.
The Arab American Institute Foundation has announced, for the second year running, that Egyptian Wall Street Journal reporter Vivian Salama will be joining the foundation at its 2019 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala as its “Master of Ceremonies.”
The gala will be held on 2 May at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C.
Salama will lead the foundation in honouring this year’s awardees: community advocate Miriam Zayed, the BBC’s Lyse Doucet, former Mayor Gus Newport, Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouti and RAICES, the largest immigration services provider in Texas.
Salama joined The Wall Street Journal in May 2018 to cover the White House. Previously, she worked at NBC News, where she also covered the current administration and national politics.
Salama got her start as production assistant at WNBC TV in New York City. After the 9/11 tragedy and the invasion of Iraq, her intrepid nature took her from her home in New York back to her roots in the Middle East. As a freelance reporter in Cairo, she honed her Arabic skills reporting on the Middle East and working for a number of outlets, including Time, France24, USA Today, and CBS Radio.
After obtaining a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies from Columbia University, she returned to the region and continued her reporting, eventually heading up Bloomberg’s Abu Dhabi bureau.
After years of reporting on the war in Iraq, she joined the Associated Press (AP) as their Baghdad Bureau Chief in 2014. Leading a team of more than 50 journalists, her dispatches from Iraq charted the devastating impact of the war and gave voice to the Iraqi people that expressed their hopes and frustrations beyond the violence that had consumed the headlines for more than a decade.
As the 2016 election approached, Salama returned to the States to join AP’s White House correspondence team.
A dedicated storyteller and undaunted journalist, she has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the White House press room and an expert journalist pursuing honest, informed reporting.
With awards for Individual Achievement, Institutional Excellence, International Commitment, and Corporate Citizenship, AAIF’s Gibran Awards highlights programmes that exemplify and remind us of our better selves.
The Gibran Awards Gala is the Foundation’s only annual fundraising event, supporting a host of civic, cultural, educational, and outreach programmes.