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.
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)
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 (PRI The World - Feb. 29, 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 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.