I’m an award-winning journalist
producing radio out of WNYC’s Snap Judgment in Oakland, CA. A lot of my stories are driven by my interests in women's health & safety, the Middle East and food. I’m also a journalist fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and report stories about engaged spirituality.
In addition to Snap Judgment, my stories have been distributed by outlets including Public Radio International, National Public Radio and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. They’ve taken me to a thorn forest in India, an ice cream shop in Gaza, mushroom houses in the Rwandan hills, a home for retired movie stars in Myanmar & lots of 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.
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)
Counted: An Oakland Story (Snap Judgment - Feb 28, 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)
Do-It-Yourself Farmer Grows Strawberries In The Air (NPR.org - July 18, 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)
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, Audition and After Effects. 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. She also teaches Writing Pad’s Podcasting class in San Francisco.
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.