- WBAL-TV 11 Digital Editor
Saliqa joined WBAL-TV in 2012 and contributes as a writer, enterprising stories and working with a Web team to provide Baltimore area's latest breaking news and strong local coverage through on the award-winning WBALTV.com. In 2013, WBALTV.com placed second for the National Headliner Awards online journalism division.
Prior to this, Saliqa worked with AOL/Huffington Post Media group where she ran her own Philadelphia-suburb Patch site and created video reports for 10+ sites in her region as the lead video digital journalist. Her notable work included regular interviews with Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, President Barack Obama's visit to the region and Tropical Storm Lee coverage. As a senior journalist, Saliqa also worked closely with headquarters in New York to hire, train and mentor new journalists in the company.
In 2011, Saliqa's essay was featured in the "I Speak for Myself" book, garnering international acclaim from Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, journalist Soledad O'Brien and new-age guru Deepak Chopra to name a few. Saliqa spoke at book events in Detroit and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Because of her work, in 2011 Saliqa was invited to speak as part of a closed-panel discussion with other notable women on improving women's international rights in developing countries with Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State. Later that year, she was invited back to the State Department for a reception with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and again in 2012.
From 2008-2010, Saliqa lived in California working as a regional editor for Hearst Television, covering breaking news for Hearst's western television websites (KCRA, KSBW, KITV, KOAT) and Hearst Television's national bureau in Washington, D.C. She was the first in the nation to break the story of the discovery of kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard in 2010 on KCRA.com, which quickly became national news through the station's CNN partnership. She has also covered many notable national stories, including the California wildfires of 2008, the California gubernatorial election of 2010 and live tsunami coverage on Hawaii's KITV.com.
Saliqa began her career as a pioneer -- the first apprentice with CBS 3 in Philadelphia. She worked the assignment desk, as a writer for the newscasts, in creative services and as associate producer before being promoted as a web producer. She also created and managed the first digital journalist position in the Philadelphia market.
Saliqa was the associate producer for the CBS 3 documentary "Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope" that won the Best Documentary at the 2006 West Chester Film Festival, among many other awards.
Serving as the 2008 Philadelphia chapter president for the Asian American Journalists Association, Saliqa worked with and mentored local and international journalists from places like Kazakhstan, and she provided media outlets with Asian representation and perspective.
In her free time, Saliqa is an advisor for Illume Magazine and works with independent and Grammy-nominated artists and producers in the music industry. She has written features, liner notes, bios and conducted video interviews for various news and music outlets. Most recently, she was featured on Chino XL's album Black Rosary released in 2012.
Saliqa speaks several languages: English, Spanish, Hindko, Urdu and some Arabic.