I’m a journalist with 10 years of experience covering news in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prior to joining the editorial staff of the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, a community division of the San Jose Mercury News, I covered three South Bay communities for Bay City News Service, a local wire based in San Francisco, where I launched my journalism career after graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Currently, I write cover stories full-time for Bay Area News Group’s eight community newspapers in Silicon Valley. I also occasionally cover the local arts and theater scene for these publications.
Some of the topics I have reported on throughout my career are breaking news, education, technology, local and national politics, crime, court proceedings, and development.
Aside from writing, I have experience in shooting and editing video, photography, writing for the web, social media, building websites, and analyzing and interpreting data.
A first-generation Afghan-American, I spent a part of my childhood in Iran before moving with my family to the U.S. and eventually settling in Northern California at the age of 7. Writing has been an outlet for me from a young age, when I’d spend hours writing short stories, poetry and newspaper articles. What started as a childhood hobby has blossomed into a full-time profession and a key part of my identity.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, watching movies, baking and cooking, running, participating in philanthropic causes, visiting art galleries and attending baseball games, seeking out the best espresso in town, practicing yoga, playing tennis and learning about anything related to science, tech or fashion.