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.
What I’m up to now: Currently I am a D.C.-based reporter covering news for CNN Politics. I am the co-author of “The Point with Chris Cillizza” newsletter (please subscribe!). I just moved to the Beltway from L.A., where I previously worked for Mashable.com, covering the always evolving digital entertainment space. Prior to that, I served as an entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. I covered the box office, TV, digital entertainment and everything in between for the Calendar and Company Town sections. I’ve also covered the Iranian community for the Metro desk and national news for the Nation Now blog. I assisted in coverage of the L.A. Auto Show, Black Friday, the Rose Parade, the L.A. Times Travel Show, the L.A. Times Festival of Books, the MTV Movie Awards and the Academy Awards.
Fluent in: Farsi, Spanish (conversational) and AP Style.
Interests: Pop culture, politics, food and travel.
Other journalism experience: Pulliam fellow on the business desk at The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com (Summer 2013), Intern at Christian Science Monitor (Spring 2013), Washington D.C. political correspondent for Worcester Telegram & Gazette / other New England papers (Summer 2012), editor-in-chief of Boston University’s Daily Free Press (Fall 2011).
Cub reporter highlights: Reporting on the 2014 Sony hack; being part of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Arizona Republic team that covered the Yarnell Hill Fire; covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
After deadline: I like Zumba dancing, hanging out with friends & family and binge watching shows and movies on various streaming services. I am usually wearing a statement necklace and drinking something caffeinated.
Email me, maybe: sbhamedy[at]gmail[dot]com.