Samira Shackle is a freelance British journalist, writer and editor. She writes long-form, reported features that often focus on the human impact of major world events. She covers a range of subjects, including politics, terrorism, inequality and gender.
She is currently based in London, but travels overseas frequently – in addition to writing about the UK, she has been reporting on Pakistan since 2011, and has also worked in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya and Nigeria.
She is the former editor of the New Humanist magazine and regular contributor to the Guardian’s Long Read and Opinion sections. She writes frequently for Al-Jazeera, Prospect and Deutsche Welle. Her work has also appeared in a broad range of other publications, including the Times, the Independent, Vice, Monocle and Guernica.
Her reporting has been shortlisted for numerous awards, and in 2016 she was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper. She has twice been a media fellow with Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference. In 2020, the short film she produced won a One World Media Award for. In 2019 she was a fellow with the MacDowell Colony, where she worked on her first book, Karachi Vice – out in in February 2021.
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