Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer based in Oakland, California. A fluent Arabic speaker, his work has focused on the Middle East and North Africa as well as criminal justice in the United States. He has reported from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Yemen, Israel/Palestine, and Pelican Bay supermax prison. His articles have appeared in Mother Jones, The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His journalism has garnered a number of national awards, including the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, the John Jay Award for Criminal Justice Reporting, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the Media for a Just Society Award, and many others. He was also a finalist in the Livingston Award for journalists under 35. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with his now-wife Sarah Shourd and friend Josh Fattal. Their memoir, A Sliver of Light, will be published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt in March 2014.