Khalida Zohal Sarwari is a journalist with more than 10 years of news reporting experience in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Currently, she covers the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in addition to the Silicon Valley communities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale for the Bay Area News Group. Some of the topics she has reported on throughout her career are breaking news, business, education, technology, social issues, local and state politics, elections, crime, courts and development.
In April 2018, a story she wrote on the challenges retail and restaurant employers are facing in retaining workers amid a thriving job market in Silicon Valley won a Business News Coverage Award from the California News Publishers Association.
Her story on how several Santa Clara County school districts were adjusting in 2017 to a new state law that mandated a revision of the sexual education curriculum won a 2017 John Swett Award for Media Excellence from the California Teachers Association.
Her 2017 story on the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, and specifically the South Bay Area, is slated to be reprinted in an academic text tentatively titled “Citizens, Cities, and Legalized Marijuana.” The volume will be edited by Golden Gate University professors Joaquin Jay Gonzalez and Mickey McGee and published in the fall of 2018 by McFarland & Company. The text will be used as a reference book in community, research and college libraries.
In addition to The Mercury News, her work has been featured in the Oakland Tribune, The Monterey County Herald, The Vacaville Reporter, Daily Democrat, The Palo Alto Daily News, Vallejo Times–Herald, East Bay Times, and The Cannifornian.
Previously, 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 (Go Gaels!).
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 penning short stories, poems and newspaper stories.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, being outdoors, trying new recipes, perfecting her espresso game, practicing yoga and devouring anything related to science, tech or fashion.