Khalida Zohal Sarwari is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience covering news in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the editorial staff of the Bay Area News Group, she covered three South Bay counties for Bay City News Service, a local wire based in San Francisco, 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.
Currently, she covers the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in addition to the South Bay communities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale for BANG. Some of the topics she has reported on throughout her career are breaking news, education, technology, local and national politics, crime, courts and development.
In 2018, a story she wrote on the challenges retail and restaurant employers are facing in retaining workers in a thriving job market in Silicon Valley won third place in the California News Publishers Association Business News Coverage category.
In addition to The Mercury News, her work has been featured in the Oakland Tribune, The Monterey County Herald, The Reporter (Vacaville, CA), Daily Democrat, The Daily News (Palo Alto), Vallejo Times-Herald, East Bay Times, and The Cannifornian.
Aside from writing, she has experience in shooting and editing video, photography, online media, social media, building websites, and analyzing and interpreting data.
A first-generation Afghan-American, 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 story-telling from a young age when she would spend hours writing short stories, poems and newspaper stories.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, being outdoors, trying new recipes, perfecting her espresso game, practicing yoga and reading anything related to science, tech or fashion.