Shirin Ghaffary ( Farsi : شيرين غغارى ) is a general assignment reporter at Recode as well as co-host of YouTube series Above The Noise from PBS Digital Studios and KQED . Ghaffary is based in the San Francisco Bay Area .   
Ghaffary graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and English Literature . Ghaffary served as a reporter and editor for campus newspaper The Daily Californian and undertook internships at the San Jose Mercury News , TechCrunch , and The Wall Street Journal .  
After graduating from Berkeley, Ghaffary briefly worked as an editorial intern at the San Francisco Chronicle and then as a reporting fellow at the Orange County Register . From 2014 to 2017 Ghaffary was a Business Analyst at enterprise software startup Elementum SCM and subsequently leveraged her experience in technology when she returned to journalism in late 2016, first as Associate Producer and co-host of Above The Noise from PBS Digital Studios and KQED . Following her departure from Elementum in 2017, Ghaffary worked briefly at BuzzFeed and then joined the staff of Recode later that year.