USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Shaina is an award-winning radio producer at WNYC’s Snap Judgment in Oakland, CA. She was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and earned an M.A. in Islamic and Middle East Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Shaina also has a Masters of Journalism from U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, which she earned as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow in Arabic and the Middle East. Her reporting focuses on women’s health & safety and religious identity, and has been distributed by national outlets including Public Radio International, National Public Radio and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Her work has taken her to a thorn forest in India, Zumba classes in Jerusalem, mushroom houses in the Rwandan hills, a home for retired actresses in Myanmar and several strawberry farms in the Palestinian Territories. Her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women’s Media Foundation and more, and she recently spent a summer at Middlebury Language School studying Arabic as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. 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.

Shaina Shealy