A North Carolina native, Yasmin Bendaas received her master’s degree in science and medical journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Park fellow. She earned her bachelor's in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University and double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As a journalist, Bendaas has been funded twice by the Pulitzer Center for field work in Algeria — first to cover a disappearing Indigenous tattoo tradition, and again to examine how climate change affects rural sheepherding practices. She previously worked as a science reporter covering student health and science education. She currently works as a proposal writer for global clinical trials at PRA Health Sciences, and she hosts a podcast called Me & My Muslim Friends.