Sara Zendehnam
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Have you heard the phrase “West Coast, Best Coast?” Since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with California and that’s putting it lightly. Luckily, I grew up in the Bay Area. What’s even luckier is now I get to be a reporter in my home state.

I didn’t truly appreciate this amazing place until I left. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, I ventured across the country to start my journalism journey. I got my master’s degree at Boston University in broadcast journalism and thought after a year away I would head right back to the Golden State. But as is ever so true in this industry, nothing is predictable.

I traded my flip-flops for mountain boots and trekked to Grand Junction, Colorado, where I accepted my first job as a multimedia journalist.

Two years of snow instead of sun and lakes instead of beaches and now I can finally say I’m home!

Nothing is more fulfilling than pursuing my passion of storytelling in the place I first fell in love with the industry. When I do a story at FOX40 I don’t think I’m reporting the news to viewers, I truly feel like I’m reporting the news to neighbors, friends and family.

I look forward to all the opportunities Sacramento has to offer and can’t wait to meet as many people in this area as possible.

Feel free to contact me with story ideas I would love to hear from you!


Recent Articles
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    Manteca Resident Shoots, Kills Man Suspected of Vandalizing His Neighborhood

    MANTECA — In a Manteca neighborhood angry neighbors are finding their cars vandalized. “My cars have been sliced numerous times,” said neighbor Scott Hendrix. Slashed tires, broken glass and damaged property are all along Sun Haven Place. Neighbors allege that a man who lives on this block is to blame. It’s been happening for the last few weeks. Early Friday morning, the neighborhood dispute boiled over. Manteca Police said someone called to report that the suspected “tire slasher” was back. […]

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    Sutter Middle School Teacher to Retire After Second Controversy

    UPDATE: The school district has announced that Woody Hart will be retiring and won’t return to the classroom.  FOLSOM — One teacher, two controversies. “We expect our teachers to be culturally sensitive and use appropriate strategies in the classroom,” said Daniel Thigpen, spokesperson for Folsom Cordova Unified School District. And two different sides. “We are calling for the teacher’s immediate termination,” said Jenine Spotnitz with social justice group Showing Up for Racial Justice. “He’s a very good teacher,” said Alejandra Kneisley, Sutter Middle […]

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    Seven-Story Sinkhole in Grass Valley Comes with Steep Price Tag

    GRASS VALLEY — As Nevada County prepares for another round of rain and wind, many areas hit hardest by the last storm haven’t even recovered yet. A massive sinkhole caused by last week’s flooding has swallowed part of a car dealership’s parking lot in Grass Valley. It’s a seven-story deep, 250-feet wide hole. “This is by no means a common sinkhole,” said Tim Kiser, Grass Valley Public Works director. Over the last few days, during a break in the weather, […]

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    Police: Grandfather Thwarts Attempted Kidnapping of 3-Year-Old at Park in Auburn

    AUBURN — Auburn mom Cheyanne Martinez is holding her little ones closer after an attempted kidnapping on Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn Saturday. “Just even letting them run off far enough to where I can’t get to them fast enough makes me nervous,” she said. It happened at the same park where Martinez and her kids spent the day. A grandpa and his two grandkids were near a duck pond at Ashford Park when police say Lindsay Frasher came up […]

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    Sacramento County Braces for More Flooding

    ELK GROVE — Roads are finally visible again and the rain has been replaced with a slight mist, which is the break Elk Grove residents need. “Exhausted, just kind of displaced,” said Patti Collins who evacuated her Point Pleasant Road home Thursday. She’s finally back home but, unfortunately for Collins, the break won’t last long. With more wet weather on the way next week, she’s already stacking sandbags in her car. “Putting the sandbags for the compressor that’s around our […]

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    Snow Causing Power Line Problems in Truckee

    TRUCKEE — Snow continued to blanket Truckee on Thursday, leaving residents with electricity issues. It’s the biggest problem facing the city during this week of rain and snow. Just days ago Truckee went black. A tree fell on Truckee Donner Public Utility District’s main power transmitter Tuesday, leaving more than 13,000 customers without power. “Went out about 9 o’clock Tuesday, and many areas started getting power back noon yesterday,” said Sgt. Robert Womack with the Truckee Police Department. Truckee Donner […]

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    Cleanup Underway in Amador County After Flooding

    AMADOR COUNTY — From Sutter Creek in Ione to Jackson Creek in Jackson, Amador County waterways are raging. The National Hotel in Jackson had a close call Tuesday night. Jackson Creek just behind the hotel spilled over a walking bridge. “It was gushing over nonstop, nice that it actually stopped at about one o’clock in the morning, started seeing it go down lower,” said hotel general manager Chuck Swisher. The water in county creeks went down significantly Wednesday but it […]

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    Weekend Storm Floods Sacramento County Creeks, Roads

    ELVERTA — Flooded creeks, flooded roads and flooded cars — this weekend’s storm promised to pack a punch and that’s exactly what it did. Flooding on roads in Elverta and Pleasant Grove slowed traffic down. At least two cars stalled in the standing water on Howsley Road, including Matthew Melnick’s. “The water started to keep coming up it got to my ankles so I had to climb out of the car,” Melnick said. Creeks were also no match against Sunday’s […]

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    Local Residents Haunted by 1997 Floods Brace for Weekend Storms

    EL DORADO — The devastating floods of 1997 ripped apart homes and businesses. The damage was estimated at millions of dollars. One El Dorado woman remembers the flood like it was yesterday. Susan Buford still has the tattered, discolored newspaper from 20 years ago that shows a picture of her husband standing in water near their garage. Her porch overlooks the Cosumnes River. It’s that same river water her husband stood in that rushed into her El Dorado home all […]