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 Awardan Edward R Murrow Award, and a New York Festival of the Arts Award. This year her story The Flag and the Fury won a 2021 duPont-Columbia Award and Best in Show at the National Headliner Awards for best audio documentary.

After studying music and cinema-television at USC’s Thornton School of Music, she received her graduate degree in psychology, worked as a teacher, translated for the UN, volunteered to raise young women revolutionaries, and worked in comedy television - including the Golden Globe 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, and the Stitcher miniseries UnErased: A History of Conversion Therapy in America, which KQED News called the best podcast of 2018.

This summer she co-hosted and created the mini-series The Vanishing of Harry Pace for Radiolab. She is currently reporting and producing her next series. You can find her at Osm Audio. Email her at shima.oliaee(at)