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Growing Up Irooni: Shally Zomorodi, on Embracing Joy and Acceptance as a Form of Resistance

Leyla Shams
February 21, 2024

Shally Zomorodi is one of the more well-known and incredibly prolific members of the Iranian diaspora. Her day job is as a news anchor of Fox 5 San Diego Morning News where she’s been waking up San Diego for more than a decade now. However, her journalism career spans over two decades at this point, including a two-year stint in Texas where I live. But over the years, she’s also been heavily involved in the greater Iranian community, through her show Bereez o bepaz, through the many lives she does on her Instagram page interviewing other Iranians, or giving glimpses into her embrace of Iranian traditions in her home, through her Iranian gher breaks on her morning news show, and so much more. 

I had a lot of questions to ask Shally after having watched her develop into such a force in the past few years, and especially over the last year. 

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