Posted by Arab American Institute on April 03, 2018 in Blog


salama_vivian.jpgWe have some exciting news.

NBC News Reporter Vivian Salama will be joining us at 2018 Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala as our Master of Ceremonies.

Ms. Salama got her start as production assistant at WNBC TV in New York city. After the 9/11 terrorist attack and the resulting conflict in 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 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, Ms. 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.

Vivian Salama will lead us in honoring this year’s awardees Irish Senator Frances Black, Chef and humanitarian José Andrés and his organization World Central Kitchen, Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, and the American Civil Liberties Union at AAIF’s 20th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala.

Hope you are able to join us. Purchase your ticket today!