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Salim Essaid currently works as a freelance multimedia journalist based in New York City. Usually focusing on stories that reveal an unheard voice and challenge preconceived mindsets on a variety of social issues.  

He previously worked for TIME magazine as a free-lance video editor also doing production, filming, translations, and reporting.

He earned his masters degree in broadcasting from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While there he reported on the Syrian and Lebanese community in New York City, reported on international topics while performing in-depth news analysis, and produced accountability journalism on local events and government policies for the New York World . He was also co-president of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association-Columbia Chapter. 

Salim earned his undergraduate degree in Arabic and Japanese from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Before coming to New York he worked as an associate producer at the Japanese television channel NHK World in California. He also worked on live shows at KPFK Radio in Los Angeles.