• Vivian Farag was born in 1980 in Rockland County, New York State
• She grew up with her mother Charlotte Georges Farag, her father passed away when she was young
• Vivian graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre
• Vivian is currently working as a journalist for the “Wall Street Journal”
• She is married to Joe Salama, and they have two sons together


Vivian Salama Wiki Biography

Vivian Farag was born in Rockland County, New York State USA, but hasn’t shared the exact date of her birth with the public, just a year – 1980. As Vivian Salama, she is popular for her career of a reporter, mostly for her coverage of sensitive topics such as the wars in Syria and Afghanistan.

Childhood and education

Vivian grew up in Rockland County, raised by her mother Charlotte Georges Farag who was originally from Cairo, Egypt – Charlotte died in 2018 when she was 85 years old. Not much is known about Vivian’s father except the fact that he died while Vivian was still very young – Vivian has a brother named Ragui Marcos and sisters Rosette Attia and Venise Fayez.

Vivian fell in love with reporting at a very early age, and her passion towards journalism was supported by her parents and her siblings as well. After matriculating from a high school, she enrolled at Rutgers University in Chicago, Illinois from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and theatre back in 1999. Vivian continued working on her education, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Islamic politics from Columbia University.

Vivian has recently decided to further work on her education and has enrolled at the Georgetown University’s Law Center, where she is working on obtaining her Doctor of Law degree.

Career of a reporter

Vivian’s dreams came true as soon as she graduated from college in 1999, as she began working for WNBC Channel 4 – she was part of the team for four years, and served as their producer. After parting ways with WNBC, Vivian spent more than two years working as a freelancer, and mostly contributed to several magazines, such as “Jerusalem Post”, “Newsweek Magazine”, and the “Voice of America” newsletter.

She went on to work for the ABC News station in 2006, while simultaneously working as a freelancer, which made it possible for her to work on some very important topics including the war in Pakistan.

She went to Pakistan while she was working for the “TIME.com” and “France24” as she was reporting for them, however, it was not easy for Vivian who later explained that she had to learn the Urdu language (even though she knew Arabic) to be able to survive there. In July 2007, Vivian began working for Rutgers University where she served as an adjunct lecturer – she stayed on this position for nearly a year before moving to live in Abu Dhabi, where she worked for Bloomberg TV, and became the Head of Abu Dhabi Bureau in 2009 – this allowed her to work on some important political stories, such as the financial crisis which hit Dubai and several important European cities.

She spent three years reporting for Bloomberg TV before going back to freelancing and travelling around North Africa to report from there, including the elections for president in Egypt and the attacks on the US embassy located in Cairo. Around this time, Vivian helped write the “Radicalization, Terrorism and Conflict” book released in 2013 by the Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Praised for her reporting skills, Vivian’s name became recognized in the field of journalism and she was invited in June 2014 to serve as the Iraq Bureau Chief – she was in charge of her own team of reporters and journalists, covering some of the most important topics in Iraq.

In December 2015 Vivian went back to the US – she found a place to live in Washington and then began working for Associated Press as their deputy political editor. She was steadily climbing up the ladder, as she was promoted to the national security foreign policy reporter in September 2016, and then in January 2017 to a White House reporter.

Even though Vivian was promoted several times while working for Associated Press, it appears that she wasn’t happy with them, as she left the network and began working for NBC News in September 2017, but left NBC News as well less than a year later, and started working as a journalist for the “Wall Street Journal”, mostly focused on stories related to the White House.

Vivian published her own children’s book entitled “The Long Journey Home” in April 2019 – the story follows a young refugee boy who flees Syria with his parents in search of a better life.

Love life and husband

Vivian is one of the most secretive people in the field of journalism, as she has shared only little about her love life with the public. Vivian is a married woman who exchanged her wedding vows with her husband Joe Salama years ago – the exact date of their wedding is not known. Joe is an American currently working as a chartered accountant. The two allegedly met during their junior year of college and decided to marry not long after – they have two sons together called Michael and George Salama – George is already a grown man and is married to Carmen.

Vivian Salama

Vivian hasn’t talked about any other man besides Joe, and he appears to be her first love – this is both Vivian’s and Joe’s first marriage, and there are no rumors or controversies whatsoever surrounding their marriage.

Interests and likes

Vivian is a very skilled and experienced journalist, and while journalism takes some of her free time as well, she still finds time for rest and relaxation. Vivian is a big fan of languages, and although life and career demanded that she learn several languages, she has since fallen in love with learning them – Vivian can speak Arabic fluently, and spent some time perfecting it at the American University located in Cairo, Egypt; she can also speak English, Spanish and Urdu. She is a fighter for human rights, and also loves animals as much as she loves people – she is a mum to a Chihuahua dog named Tito.

Vivian’s greatest passion is travelling, and her job of a reporter has made it possible for her to travel around the world and report from some of the most important events – she is mostly fond of nature rather than of cities and has been to numerous national parks all across the globe.

Appearance and net worth

Vivian hasn’t shared her exact date of birth with the public, so is around 39 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, and weighs around 128lb (58kgs). According to authoritative sources, Vivian’s current net worth is estimated to be more than $2 million, and is steadily rising thanks to numerous things she is always working on.


Presence on the social media networks

Vivian is quite active on several popular social media networks, as she wants to share all the latest news with her fans on the internet.

She launched her Twitter account in April 2011, and has so far gathered more than 21,000 followers, and tweeted over 13,600 times. Her Instagram account is currently followed by almost 17,000 people, while she’s uploaded over 2,100 pictures onto it – Vivian has a Facebook profile as well, but seems to be using it only to keep in touch with her friends and family.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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