I’m an award-winning journalist and radio producer at WNYC's Snap Judgment in Oakland, CA.

My reporting focuses on women's health & safety, and has been distributed by national outlets including Public Radio International, National Public Radio and The Lily. It has taken me to a thorn forest in India, an ice cream shop in Gaza, Zumba classes in Jerusalem, mushroom houses in the Rwandan hills, a home for retired actresses in Myanmar & several strawberry farms in the Palestinian Territories. My work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation and more.



Shaina was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and studied International Affairs and Fine Art at George Washington University. She has an MA in Islamic and Middle East Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Masters of Journalism from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, which she earned 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 recently spent a summer at Middlebury Language School studying Arabic as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. Her work on Counted: an Oakland Story earned the Third Coast 2018 Best Documentary Gold Award. 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.