Shane Bauer is an award-winning investigative journalist and photographer based in Oakland, California. In 2009, he was captured near the Iran-Iraq border with his friends Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd while hiking near a popular tourist site in Iraq's autonomous and peaceful Kurdish region. He was held as a political hostage for 26 months in Iran's Evin prison. He and his co-hostages have written a memoir on the experience which will be published in early 2014.
After his release from Iran, Bauer married Shourd and focused most of his reporting on the U.S. criminal justice system. He decided to go back "behind the wire" to investigate corrections practices governing solitary confinement in California, and his report was the subject of an award-winning Mother Jones cover story.
Bauer is fluent in Arabic and has lived and worked in the Middle East and North Africa on and off since 2002. His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. His multimedia and video work has appeared on Slate.com, Democracy Now!, Wholphin DVD magazine, and the Current TV channel.