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Born, raised and educated in California, Zarina Khairzada is a natural storyteller with a deep knowledge of the place she calls home.

Zarina loves to share stories about real people in the community she knows and loves. Being able to highlight the unsung heroes for their work inspires her to work harder at her job each and every day. Zarina’s hard work and passion for her community can be seen through her coverage of a transgender man who came to America after he was brutally attacked, and after five years, was still awaiting for asylum. Her coverage shed light on this man's strength, courage, and bravery and spread awareness about the challenges immigrants face.

Like most, Zarina has more than one favorite spot in SoCal. When she’s not reporting on Spectrum News 1, you can catch her spending time in Palm Springs, Big Bear or South Bay.