I’m a writer and reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area who is currently at The San Francisco Standard with an emphasis on schools and youth.
I covered education for the San Francisco Examiner through the pandemic when attention to the local school board was at an all-time high, all while completing a long-term project as a USC Annenberg Center For Health Journalism’s 2019 Data Fellow on health access program Healthy SF tested by the pandemic. I also became a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal chapter, stepping up as its secretary months later.
Prior to my time at the Examiner and SF Weekly, I left for southern Minnesota during the advent of the Trump presidency and covered two towns in the same county with opposite takes on what it meant for the country.
I’m a proud San Francisco State University alumnus, having studied Race and Resistance Studies alongside journalism. I was raised in Southern California by Iranian immigrants and, once I stepped foot on campus, refused to let flip flops give my origins away and now arbitrarily complain about LA traffic like a true Bay Area resident.