Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine. His new book is "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment." In 2015, Bauer worked as a prison guard in Louisiana to investigate corporate-run prisons, the subject of the award-winning piece, My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.
In 2016, he went undercover again to investigate America’s resurgent right-wing paramilitary movement. Earlier in his career, Bauer focused on the Middle East, reporting from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Israel/Palestine. 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.
His articles have appeared in The Nation, Salon, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. His journalism 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, two John Jay Awards for Criminal Justice Reporting and many others.