Khalida Zohal Sarwari is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience in San Francisco and Silicon Valley reporting on breaking news, business, education, technology, social issues, local and state politics, elections, crime, courts, and development. 

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

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

Previously, she worked various beats for The Mercury News and Bay City News Service, a San Francisco-based wire service where she launched her journalism career after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and History from Saint Mary’s College of California (Go Gaels!). 

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. 

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