Sandra Westdahl is a multi-award winning creative storyteller. She has spent the past five years working as a producer, photographer and editor for Arizona Public Media. Currently, she is producing short-documentaries with a focus on social concerns and human interest for Arizona Illustrated.
Sandra’s passion and journey to become a creative storyteller started in her home country Sweden. At an early age, she worked as a print journalist for a local newspaper, mainly covering issues affecting youth.
In 2006, Sandra moved to California to pursue a career in journalism in the United States. She graduated with an associates degree in print journalism from De Anza College. In 2012, she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Arizona.
That same year, she was selected to participate in a two-week multimedia fellowship with The New York Times Journalism Institute.
In the past four years, she has received 10 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards® and a total of 20 nominations for her work on Arizona Illustrated. She also received two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2018 for excellence in video and feature reporting. Her work has been featured nationally on PBS NewsHour Weekend and NPR Tiny Desk Contest.