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Sarah Saidykhan (SAY-DEE-KAAN)

Hello and welcome! My name is Sarah Saidykhan, and this semester, I had the opportunity to write for Voices of Utah and bring awareness to the stories and challenges of Utah’s Hispanic, Latino(a), Latinx population.

I was blown away by the willingness of the people to share their traditions, stories, and hopes for better days. I was excited, nervous and emotionally overwhelmed by the generosity I encountered.

During the semester, I gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for news and creative writing. I learned new ways to overcome writer’s block, and I relearned how to organize my thoughts, so they flow nicely and make sense. This class helped get me back to the basics of what it means to be a journalist.

I was challenged to get out of my comfort zone and explore new topics. Because of this, I now have multiple skills to help me overcome any writing issue I encounter. Taking this class offered me experience as a beat writer and the skills learned, will not be forgotten.

ABOUT ME: 

Sarah Saidykhan is a radio and multimedia journalist based out of Salt Lake City. Born in Anaheim, Calif., she grew up wanting to be a Hollywood actress or stand-up-comedian in Las Vegas. Turns out her heart, passion, and skills were in creative and news writing.

Sarah graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in communications. While at the U, Sarah interned on the radio program “In the Hive” on KCPW 88.3 FM in Salt Lake City and contributed to Voices of Utah, an award-winning project for student journalists led by Dr. Kimberly Mangun.

Before attending the U, Sarah was a contributing writer for The Globe, Salt Lake Community College’s student paper and hosted her own radio hour on Radio SLCC where she discussed issues facing students, Utah’s daily headlines, politics, entertainment news, and national and international news.