About Shuka

I’m a Bay Area journalist and podcast producer born near the Caspian Sea in Iran and raised in Northern California. I like to tell stories. Specially other people’s stories. I produce a variety of podcasts, and primarily report 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 season 1 of West of Middle East, a podcast about change makers from the Middle East diaspora living in the West, created by Neda Nobari Foundation. In 2015 I was also the scriptwriter and lead reporter for The Science of Gratitude, a one hour audio documentary hosted by Susan Sarandon and created by UC Berkeley and Ben Manilla Productions.

I’m the recipient of a 2013 International Center for Journalists fellowship, where I reported on transgender Iranian refugees who had fled to Turkey. I was awarded first place in the 2013 Society of Professional Journalists NorCal awards in the arts and culture radio category for my story on a Cambodian singer in Oakland. I don’t update this page as often as I should.

Find me on Twitter @skalantari. Email me at shuka.kalantari (at) gmail.com.