Shane Bauer

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Shane Bauer
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Alma mater
AwardsMichael Kelly Award, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting Edit this on Wikidata
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Shane Bauer is an American journalist, best known for his undercover reporting for Mother Jones magazine.[1] He has won the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the 2017 Michael Kelly Award.


Bauer grew up in Onamia, Minnesota[2] and he is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.[3]

In July 2009, Bauer and two companions (Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd) were arrested by Iranian border guards after straying into Iran while hiking in northern Iraq near the Iranian border. The three Americans were held in prison in Iran on bogus espionage charges for more than two years before their release in September 2011. They subsequently co-authored a memoir of their experience (A Sliver of Light), as well as the cover story ("Kidnapped by Iran") for the March-April 2014 issue of Mother Jones magazine.

Bauer has worked as a foreign correspondent, reporting from Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. His work has appeared in The Nation,[4],[5] the Los Angeles Times,[6] and the Christian Science Monitor.[7][8]

In 2015 he worked as an undercover journalist for Mother Jones while employed for six months as a prison guard at the Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Winn Parish, Louisiana managed by the Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic).[9]

In 2016, he took on another undercover news assignment for Mother Jones, infiltrating Three Percent United Patriots, a right-wing border militia in southern Arizona.[10][11]


  • Bauer, Shane; Fattal, Joshua; Shourd, Sarah (2014). A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-98553-4.[12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Shane Bauer". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
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  3. ^ "Shane Bauer Puts the Teeth Back Into Undercover Reporting". Cal Alumni Association. 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  4. ^ "Shane Bauer". The Nation. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  5. ^ "The sex that helped us survive: Love and defiance in an Iranian prison". Salon. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  7. ^ "U.S. Embassy hit in Yemen, raising militancy concerns". Christian Science Monitor. 2008-09-18. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  8. ^ "Shane Bauer | The Michael Kelly Award". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  9. ^ "CCA employee was undercover reporter." Winn Parish Reporter. Wednesday March 18, 2015. Retrieved on June 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "I went undercover with a militia on the US-Mexico border. Here's what I saw". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  11. ^ "What A Reporter Learned When He Infiltrated An Arizona Militia Group". Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  12. ^ "In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  13. ^ A SLIVER OF LIGHT by Shane Bauer , Josh Fattal , Sarah Shourd | Kirkus Reviews.
  14. ^ "'A Sliver of Light,' by Bauer, Fattal and Shourd". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  15. ^ "Excerpt: "A Sliver of Light"". Retrieved 2018-04-09.

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