Thu May. 8, 2014
Jacques Hebert
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This morning Mother Jones announced that award-winning journalist Shane Bauer is joining its staff as a full-time reporter based out of its San Francisco headquarters, focusing on human rights and social justice issues.

"We couldn’t be more excited to have Shane on board," noted Co-Editor Monika Bauerlein. "We’ve been great fans of his reporting here and elsewhere, and I know our readers are hungry for more of his investigations."  

Bauer made international headlines when he, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were held hostage in Iran between 2009-2011, an experience they detail in a recently published memoir A Sliver of Light and in a cover story in the March/April 2014 issue of Mother Jones. After his release, Bauer drew on his own experience of being held in solitary confinement in Iran to shed light on the practice in the United States for a Mother Jones cover story. This investigation, "No Way Out," received numerous national awards including a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the John Jay Award for Criminal Justice Reporting, a Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, the Media for a Just Society Award, and many others. Bauer has also penned an investigation into the shadowy and highly profitable bail bond industry for the current issue of Mother Jones

Bauer joins 75 other staff members and nine fellows across Mother Jones San Francisco headquarters, Washington DC bureau, New York office, and other locations.

This latest announcement comes at a time of tremendous success and growth for the nonprofit news organization. Traffic to hit 14.3 million pageviews last month, a "new normal" equivalent to the surge Mother Jones saw when it broke the 47 percent story at the height of the 2012 presidential election. MoJo also continued to grow its social audience this past year, nearly quadrupling its Facebook fans. Its hybrid financial model has seen ad-revenue gains of 18 percent over the last year and the organization boasts a donor community of 40,000, the most of any nonprofit news outlet.

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Jacques Hebert at 415-321-1724 or

About Shane Bauer:

Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist 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. His articles have appeared in Mother Jones, The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. From 2009-2011 Shane was held hostage in Iran with his now-wife Sarah Shourd and friend Josh Fattal. Together, they wrote a memoir, A Sliver of Light, published by Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt.

About Mother Jones:

First published in 1976, Mother Jones produces revelatory journalism that informs and inspires a more just and democratic world. Covering a wide range of topics on both and in its bimonthly print magazine, the nonprofit news organization specializes in investigative, political, social justice, and environmental reporting. Noted for its "sharp, compelling blend of investigative long-form journalism, eye-catching infographics, and unapologetically confident voice," last year Mother Jones was lauded by the PEN American Center as an "internationally recognized powerhouse" whose impact ripples far beyond its 200,000 print and 7 million digital readers.