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!


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    Nevada County Restaurant Works to Clean Up After Winter Storms

    NEVADA COUNTY — It’s been a long few weeks in Nevada County with sinkholes, mudslides and flooding issues across the area. The heavy rain on and off since January took a toll in Nevada County. “We’ve seen a lot of trees down onto houses across roadways,” said Richard Colton with Crown Tree Services. Problem areas, like the seven-story deep Grass Valley sinkhole that swallowed part of a car dealership parking lot, still need to be repaired. In Nevada City, a […]

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    Three-Alarm Stockton Warehouse Fire Destroys Several Businesses

    STOCKTON — Thick black smoke clouded the air as warehouses with businesses inside burned to the ground in Stockton Sunday morning. “This is my job this is what I support my family in,” said Adlid Alcazar, whose auto body shop burned down. Flames barreled through four buildings on East Oak Street in the biggest fire the Stockton Fire Department has dealt with so far this year. The Stockton Fire Department said the fire started in one building, but the wind […]

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    I-80 Travelers Experience Slow Start to Holiday Weekend Amid Winter Storms

    PLACER COUNTY — Brake lights, bumper to bumper traffic and some frustrated passengers. Weekend travelers got a slow start to their holiday. The drive up Interstate 80 eastbound was anything but fun for Julia Farias’ family. “The girls are crying, they’re tired, they want to get off,” she said. Drivers pulled off at Cisco Grove just to get a break from the back-up, but the traffic isn’t unexpected. Caltrans said on a normal holiday weekend they see 50,000 to 75,000 […]

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    Skunky Smell Shuts Down Elk Grove Shop

    ELK GROVE — The smell of fresh rain lingers in the Elk Grove air, but if you get close enough to home decor shop Re-Embellished you’ll get a whiff of something else. “It was making this whole boulevard smell,” said Kristi Peck, owner of Re-Embellished. An odor so strong and so unique that even nine days later it still hangs over Re-Embellished. “Rotten eggs, burnt rubber and garlic all mixed together,” said Peck. So what is it that caused this […]

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    Crews Work 24/7 to Patch Up Eroded Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway

    OROVILLE — Ninety-six crews, trucks, helicopters and tons and tons of material. “It’s kind of like a war zone for all the right reasons out there,” said Bill Croyle, acting director for the Department of Water Resources. The eroded Oroville emergency spillway is being filled with a mixture of rock and grout. “Proactive contingency plan we’re putting in place to protect the emergency spillway should we need to use it again,” Croyle said. But the DWR doesn’t expect that to […]

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    California Gun Rights Advocates March on Capitol

    SACRAMENTO — A short march from the Tower Bridge to the State Capitol packed a powerful message. “We’re tired of California lawmakers trampling on our gun rights,” said march organizer Jacob Shockley. The mile long stretch of sidewalk between the two spots was crowded with Second Amendment supporters Sunday morning. “These demonstrations are an important part of the political process this gets the public noticing the cause,” said demonstrator David Bouilly. Both Bouilly and Shockley expressed their concern over the […]

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    ‘Taxed’ Levees Force Officials to Urge Point Pleasant Residents to Evacuate

    https://twitter.com/SacCountyWater/status/830886038897766400ELK GROVEĀ — Point Pleasant can’t catch a break, and neither can people who live there. Flood waters once again overwhelm the Sacramento County community. “It’s the second time; yeah it is pretty frustrating,” said resident Jose Vargas, who evacuated his home on Point Pleasant Road. As flood waters gush into the area the county’s Office of Emergency Services urges people to get out. “Cosumnes River, Mokelumne and various tributaries are all coming to converge in the Point Pleasant area,” said […]

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    I-80 Shut Down as Crews Clear Mudslide

    PLACER COUNTY — A nightmare for travelers Friday after a massive mudslide flowed over east and westbound lanes on Interstate 80 shutting down part of the highway. The slide happened around 10 a.m. Friday near Baxter. Caltrans is rerouting passenger vehicles eastbound at Colfax and westbound at Blue Canyon. No one was injured and no cars were stuck but it was quite the inconvenience for travelers. “We didn’t expect the road closure,” said driver Gina Gobernale. “We’re going to follow […]

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    Sacramento Waterways Swell, Flooding Parks and Golf Courses

    SACRAMENTO — Another day, another storm. “I definitely didn’t expect this,” said Michael Frechen, who recently traded the snow in Pennsylvania for the rain in Sacramento. He’s still getting used to it. “The climate here actually puzzles me completely that we had like almost exactly five months of summer without a single drop of rain, now we get this the deluge,” he said. With showers throughout the Sacramento area, flooding continues to be an issue. The American River, swollen after […]