Shane Bauer (2017) is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. In 2015, he went undercover to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of his magazine feature, “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.” The next year he went undercover again to investigate America’s resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Shane focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine.
Shane’s articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His work has garnered a number of national awards, including a National Magazine Award for Best Reporting, a Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, an Izzy (Stone) Award, a John Bartlow Martin award, and two John Jay Awards for Criminal Justice Reporting.
From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Together they co-authored a memoir, “A Sliver of Light,” published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.
As a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, Shane will be working on a book that expands the investigation behind “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.”