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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: