From Mother Jones Contributor to Mother Jones Staffer

ShaneBauerPicLaura Ling joined E! Investigates; Euna Lee spent a year studying documentary filmmaking at Columbia University; and now, another former U.S. foreign-journalist captive has re-embraced the Axis of Free Will.

Shane Bauer, one of three hikers arrested on the Iranian border and held captive from 2009 to 2011, joined the Mother Jones San Francisco office full-time May 1. His beat is human rights and social justice. From today’s announcement:

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Shane on board,” noted co-editor Monika Bauerlein. “We’ve been great fans of his reporting here and elsewhere, and I know our readers are hungry for more of his investigations.”

With Ling and Lee currently nearby, it’s a trifecta of another sort as well. The Mother Jones hiring follows the recent publication of A Sliver of Light, a memoir by Bauer and fellow Iran captives Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, and a second Mother Jones cover story, for the March/April 2014 issue.

And, exactly a week into Bauer’s new gig, Mother Jones today received five nominations from the Data Journalism Awards, including one for Best Newsroom. Way to pick an outlet, Shane! Pretty amazing when you think that just a few years ago, the in-house headline was “Mother Jones Contributor Shane Bauer Charged with Spying.”

[Photo by Mia Nakano courtesy: Mother Jones]