Shahid joined the Register in June 2012 and has distinguished himself as a member the city reporting staff. He was promoted to the Register's leadership team as community engagement editor in February 2013. In that role, his focus is involving the community at every step of the process of local journalism, including outreach and partnerships with community organizations and readers. He is a 2006 graduate of Springfield (Mass.) College with a bachelor’s degree in human services. Since 1999, he has been a staff reporter for the Muslim Journal and in 2009 was selected to its board of directors.