Shima Oliaee

Shima Oliaee is a first generation American, born and raised in Nevada. 

She is the co-creator of the nine-part podcast series Dolly Parton’s America, which received several national awards including a George Foster Peabody Award, an Edward R Murrow Award, and the National Headliner Award for Radio. This year her story The Flag and the Fury won a 2021 duPont-Columbia Award for best audio documentary.

After studying music and cinema-television at USC’s Thornton School of Music, she received her graduate degree in cross-cultural psychology, worked as a teacher, translated for the UN, volunteered to raise young women revolutionaries, and worked in comedy television, including the Golden Globe award-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine - before returning to her first love, audio. 

Shima reported Radiolab’s sexual consent series In the No. She produced and reported the remix of Kerning Cultures’ Lebanon USA, as well as the Stitcher mini-series UnErased: A History of Conversion Therapy in America, which KQED News called the best podcast of 2018.

She is currently creating two new audio documentary series. The first will premiere June 2021.  You can find her at Osm Audio. Email her at