City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Master of Arts in Interactive Journalism, Health and Medicine; 12/08

University of California, Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; 3/05
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Latin American Studies; 3/05

Universidad de Granada
One year of coursework in Spanish philosophy in Granada, Spain

Language Skills: Fluent in Spanish and Farsi

Computer Skills: Adobe Auditions, Dalet, Photoshop, SoundSlides, WordPress, HTML, Lexis-Nexis, MS Excel, all social media.


West of Middle East Podcast, Neda Nobari Foundation, Reporter, Host, Producer, 2/17

  • Reporter, host and producer for Season 1 of West of Middle East, a podcast about positive change-makers from the Middle East diaspora.

The Science of Gratitude Audio Documentary, UC Berkeley/Ben Manilla Productions, Senior Reporter, 11/15

  • Lead Reporter and Script Writer for a one hour audio documentary exploring the science behind living a life of gratitude

The World, Public Radio International, Freelance Reporter, 2/11-present

  • Produce radio feature stories about refugee and immigrant communities globally
  • Produce multimedia content for web

Philosophy Talk, Stanford University/KALW Radio, Reporter 5/14-3/17

  • feature stories related to philosophy and history of philosophy

Outlook, BBC World News Service, Freelance Reporter, 5/13-present

  • Produce short documentary profiles of voices from the United States

KQED Public Radio, Freelance reporter1/11-present

  • Produce radio feature stories about refugee and immigrant communities in California
  • Report newscasts for KQED News
  • Write original blog posts for various KQED blogs
  • Produce photo slideshows
  • Produced KQED/The California Report’s ‘What’s Your Story?’

The California Report: Outreach Coordinator, 4/09-6/13; San Francisco

  • Did outreach to underrepresented communities throughout California.
  • Produced health-related social media

KALW Public Radio: Crosscurrents, freelance reporter, 7/11-10/12, San Francisco

  • Report stories about refugee  & immigrant communities in the Bay Area
  • Photos, slide shows for web


  • 2013 International Center for Journalists “Bringing Home the World” Minority Reporting Fellowship In Turkey
  • 2013 National Press Foundation Obesity Issues Fellowship
  • 2012 New American Media Northern California Radio Reporter Award (2nd place)
  • 2011 New America Media Fellowship Program on Health, Health Care &
    Environmental Health
  • 2009-13 Association of Health Care Journalists Ethnic Media and California Health Fellowships
  • 2010 National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color Scholarship, New Orleans
  • 2009 USC/California Endowment California Health Journalism Fellowship, Los Angeles