Shane Bauer is an award-winning investigative journalist and photographer. A fluent speaker of Arabic, his work has largely focused on the Middle East and North Africa. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with his now-wife Sarah Shourd and friend Josh Fattal, with whom he is currently writing a memoir. His articles have appeared in Mother Jones, The Nation, Salon.com, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His multimedia and video work has also appeared on Slate.com, Democracy Now!, Wholphin DVD Magazine, and Current TV. In 2013, Shane received the John Jay/Henry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. In 2008, he received 1st place for independent audio slideshow features in the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest. He lives in Oakland, California.