I'm a journalist & radio producer
born and raised in Birmingham, AL. I've produced radio, print, and photo stories for national outlets including Public Radio International, National Public Radio and the New York Times online. My reporting focuses on women's health & safety, and has been supported by awards from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Matador Network and more. It has taken me to a thorn forest in India, an ice cream shop in Gaza City, mushroom houses in the Rwandan hills, a Zumba class in Jerusalem, a home for retired actresses near Yangon, Myanmar and several strawberry farms in the Palestinian Territories. I'm currently working as a Story Producer at WNYC's Snap Judgment in Oakland, CA, making stories that can connect people, sometimes across divides that are difficult to overcome.
Shaina studied International Affairs and Fine Art at George Washington University and has an MA in Islamic and Middle East Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She earned a masters degree from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow in Arabic and the Middle East. She is skilled in video, animation and photo editing software including Pro Tools, Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects and Photoshop. She has reported from India, Myanmar, Hungary, Rwanda, the American Deep South, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Shaina has had over five years of experience working on social justice and diversity programming for high school youth and served as a trained facilitator for the Berkeley School of Journalism Equity and Inclusion Committee. In a past life, she had a small catering business. She once helped start a cooking school in Jerusalem.
some work I'm especially proud of:
This woman bodybuilder in Myanmar is using Facebook to advocate for harsher death penalties for rape (PRI The World - Aug 13, 2018)
Officials blame Facebook for fueling ethnic tension in Myanmar. For these women, it’s more complicated (The Lily - July 16, 2018)
Running Man (Snap Judgment - April 12, 2018)
Counted: An Oakland Story (Snap Judgment - Feb 28, 2018)
Lifted (Snap Judgment - Feb 21, 2018)
How Estee Got Her Zumba Back (Snap Judgment - Jan. 13, 2018)
An Israeli woman traveled to the West Bank so she could be sure she'd have a boy (PRI The World - Nov. 29, 2017)
Duality (Snap Judgment - Nov 1, 2017)
Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air (NPR.org - July 18, 2017)
Fadwa Barghouti is the unflappable voice of a jailed Palestinian freedom fighter (Women in the World in association with The New York Times - July 5, 2017)
Palestinian Sperm Smuggling (Snap Judgment - May 31, 2017)
Worms Land A Great Job Working With Gorgeous Indian Textiles (NPR.org - May 27, 2017)
India's Largest Dairy Brand Prepares To Market An Acquired Taste: Camel Milk (NPR.org - Feb. 15, 2017)
Serene and surreal: West Bank olive harvest comes with tradition, tension (The Splendid Table - Jan. 13, 2017)
Providing safe illegal abortions in Myanmar is a ‘karmic balance,’ says one doctor (PRI The World - Sept. 8, 2016)
Learning what it's like to be undocumented at an Alabama summer camp (PRI The World - Sept. 19, 2016)
Mothers fear having babies at hospital once hailed for promoting Israeli, Palestinian coexistence (PRI The World - Feb. 29, 2016)