Lara Salahi is an award-winning journalist, author, and associate professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Endicott College.
Lara has worked in every medium, from film and local news, network and cable television, international print, and documentary film, and her work has been published in and broadcast on numerous news outlets worldwide.
She is a respected field producer, covering major stories across New England for news networks including ABC News. She previously worked with ABC News' Medical Unit in New York, where she produced digital and on-air health stories.
Lara has reported on nearly every major public health epidemic in recent history through multiple formats. She is the executive producer of Track the Vax, a podcast hosted by Everyday Health and MedPage Today focused on the COVID-19 vaccines. The series breaks down the process and science behind the largest mass vaccination program in U.S. history.
Her book, Outbreak Culture, examines each phase of the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic -- the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date -- and identifies the factors that complicated the response to the crisis. Through original research, critical interviews and shoe leather reporting, the book exposes a fractured system of global outbreak response and lays out guiding principles to shift the culture among international responders.
Lara was part of the team at the Boston Globe and its news site Boston.com awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for exhaustive and empathetic breaking news coverage of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt.
Lara is the founder of Salahi Media, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to sharing stories on public health, science and medicine, through diverse experiences and compelling narratives.
She received a dual undergraduate degree from Boston University in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations with a concentration in Middle East and North African foreign policy and security studies, along with a minor in French. She has a master's degree in Health Communication from Emerson College and a doctorate in Education from Regis College with a concentration in teaching and learning.
Lara travels extensively and is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, and French. She began her career as an on-air reporter.