I'm a freelance journalist
born and raised in Birmingham, AL. I've produced radio, print, video and photography stories addressing identity and conflict transformation from Gaza City to Yangon, Myanmar.
My stories have been distributed by national news outlets including PRI The World, NPR.org and the New York Times online.
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 DSLR photography and video, as well as audio, video, animation and photo editing software including Pro Tools, Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator. She has reported from India, Myanmar, Hungary, 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 recently helped start a cooking school in Jerusalem. Her favorite activity is putting food in jars.
some work I'm especially proud of:
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)
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 (Public Radio International (PRI), The World - Feb. 29, 2016)
- In Gaza and Jerusalem, a Palestinian and an Israeli Teach the Enemy’s Language (Haaretz - Jan. 10, 2016)