About Me

I was born near the Caspian Sea in Iran, and raised in Northern California. Today I’m a Bay Area journalist primarily reporting on health and immigrant communities in California and internationally. I’ve reported for Public Radio International’s The World in Boston, BBC World News Service’s Outlook program in London, KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, Stanford University’s Philosophy Talk, and more. I’ve also reported for Vice Magazine and Take Part. In 2017 I was the host and reporter for West of Middle East, a podcast about change makers from the Middle East diaspora living in the West, a production of Neda Nobari Foundation. I was also the host and lead reporter for The Science of Gratitude, a one hour audio documentary hosted by Susan Sarandon.

I’m the recipient of a 2013 International Center for Journalists fellowship, where I covered LGBT Iranian refugees in Turkey. I was awarded first place in the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists NorCal awards in the arts and culture radio category. I also received the 2011 New America Media Fellowship Program on Health, Health Care and Environmental Health; 2009 USC California Health Journalism Fellowship; and the  210-13 Association of Health Care Journalists Ethnic Media Fellowship and the California Health Fellowship.

Email me at shuka (at) shukakalantari.com