Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

FOR The Columbia Journalism Review

Selected essays and reporting for CJR. See more here.

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Unearthing the photos of La Raza, unsung chronicler of Chicano stories in Los Angeles.

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The most personal condemnation of slavery we may ever see from a slave owner

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It is time to stop using the term ‘alt right

For Shondaland

A selection from a series of weekly profiles about women candidates running for the office of governor in 2018.

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Molly kelly knows we need to trust women

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Gwen graham's people-first platform

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oregon governor kate brown wants you to wear your metal underpants



My family in the 1980s, in Orange County, Calif.

My family in the 1980s, in Orange County, Calif.

Race/related for new york times

"I know Iran most intimately through my parents’ memories of a country that no longer exists" 

March on Washington, August 1963. (Getty)

March on Washington, August 1963. (Getty)

columbia journalism review, essay

"Our identities are not a bias. Women who want equality aren’t biased. They are fair." —from essay titled Why Journalists Should be Able to Join the Women’s March

Illustration by  Sunny Eckerle

Illustration by Sunny Eckerle

curbed, essay

"For Persians, it was worth losing a front yard if it meant gaining the space to host more guests... because inside, we lived so very close to one another." — from essay titled Learning to love the ‘Persian Palaces’ of Beverly Hills

For takepart

Pieces written and reported in between editing duties, while I was News Editor from 2012 to 2016. More here.

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We Asked Syria’s First Olympic Medalist: Should Refugees Be Invited to Compete in Rio?

An invitation to displaced athletes to enter the Olympics inspired feel-good headlines, but critics say an all-refugee team is unrealistic.

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Top of the Food Chain: Fine Dining Pushes for Sustainable Seafood

Salmon and shrimp may be popular fare, but leading chefs prove that less familiar local seafood can earn top honors.

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Hounded out of Iran, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Continues Fight for Human Rights

The new book ‘Until We Are Free’ details Shirin Ebadi’s refusal to be silenced by Iran’s mullahs.

for the associated press

My reports for the world's oldest and largest news organization were published by newspapers and broadcasters around the world. A few of my bylines below.

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powerball curse? record jackpot winner reflects (nbc news, 2007)

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'Octomom' eviction on hold as landlord meets with porn producer (2010, Washington post)

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Thousands in Los Angeles protest gay-marriage ban (2008, USA Today)