What I’m up to: I am a Los Angeles-based national news editor for CNN and an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Every summer, I also help teach high school students at the California Scholastic Press Association workshop. I serve as a board member for the nonprofit (you can read more and donate here).
Before: I recently served as an assignment news editor for HuffPost out of its Los Angeles office, where I helped run coverage of breaking news events including the Brett Kavanugh hearings, the California & Australia fires and Kobe Bryant’s death. Previously, I worked in Washington D.C. for CNN Politics, where I co-authored the “The Point with Chris Cillizza” newsletter and helped cover breaking political news, including James Comey’s testimony and Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the travel ban. Before that, I worked in L.A. at Mashable, covering entertainment; and at the Los Angeles Times.
Home: Native Angeleno (born and raised in Santa Monica), Boston University graduate (B.A. in political science and B.S. in journalism), Anglophile (studied abroad in London in 2012).
My journalism roots: Date back to “The Saba Times,” a paper I wrote at age eight using markers and printer paper. “Bun Bun the pet rabbit runs away” made A1.
Fluent in: Farsi, Spanish (conversational) and AP Style.
Interests: Pop culture, politics, pups, travel and California.
Email me, maybe: sbhamedy[at]gmail[dot]com.