I'm a multimedia journalist & radio producer
born and raised in Birmingham, AL. I've produced radio, print, video and photography stories addressing identity and religion from Gaza City to Yangon, Myanmar.
My stories have been distributed by national outlets including PRI The World, NPR.org and the New York Times online. My reporting focuses on religion, the Middle East and women's health and safety, and has been supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Matador Network and other generous awards. I'm currently working as a Story Producer at WNYC's Snap Judgment in Oakland, CA.
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:
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 (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)