Mona Shadia

Award-winning Egyptian American journalist and writer

Mona Shadia is an award-winning Egyptian American journalist and writer living in Southern California. Mona worked as a professional journalist for nearly a decade for several newspapers, including the San Bernardino Sun, Los Angeles Times Community News and the Orange County Register. In addition, she wrote an award-winning column for the Times and the Register on life as a Middle Eastern and a Muslim woman in America, addressing issues from religions and women’s rights to gender relations and cultures. She continues to write her column for The Blog at the Huffington Post and at, an online lifestyle magazine based in Cairo, Egypt. Mona is also an adjunct community college political science instructor. She is passionate about women’s rights, freedom, justice, and human rights violations throughout the world. Mona graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism and a minor in international politics, and a master’s degree in political science with a focus in international politics. Mona, who moved to the United States with her family when she was 15 years old, is fluent in Arabic. In her spare time, Mona sings, dances, practices yoga and travels.