Shane Bauer is a freelance journalist and photographer based in the Middle East. A fluent speaker of Arabic, his work has largely focused on the Middle East and North Africa, where he has spent much of the past six years. He is a Middle East correspondent for New America Media and his writing and photography has been published in the US, UK, Middle East, and Canada including outlets such as the L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Slate.com, The Nation, Aljazeera.net, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, E: The Environmental Magazine, and Black Entertainment Television. He is currently finishing a film about rebels in Darfur entitled â€œSongs to Enemies and Deserts.â€ A short version of the project has been distributed by and Wholphin DVD Magazine and was aired on Current TV.
In 2008, Shane received 1st place for independent audio slideshow features in the NPPAâ€™s Best of Photojournalism contest. In 2007, he was a national finalist for photojournalism in the Harry Chapin Media Awards as well as a national finalist for feature photography for the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2007 Mark of Excellence Awards. He also received the Lyon Prize in photography that year.