Khalida Zohal Sarwari is a journalist and communications professional with 13 years of newsroom experience in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Boston reporting on breaking news, business, education, technology, social issues, local and state politics, elections, crime, and courts. 

Her work has garnered recognition from the California News Publishers Association and the California Teachers Association.

In addition to News@Northeastern and The Mercury News, her stories have appeared in The Sacramento BeeOakland Tribune, The Monterey County Herald, Miami Herald, The Vacaville Reporter, Daily Democrat, The Palo Alto Daily News, Vallejo Times-Herald, and East Bay Times

Khalida launched her journalism career at Bay City News Service, a San Francisco-based wire service, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and History from Saint Mary’s College of California. 

Afghan by heritage, Khalida spent a part of her childhood in Iran before moving with her family to the U.S. and eventually settling in Northern California at the age of 7. She has been passionate about writing and storytelling from a young age when she would spend hours penning short stories, poems, and newspaper stories. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, crossword puzzles, yoga, traveling, being outdoors, trying new recipes, attempting to make the perfect espresso, and reading.