Sandra Westdahl

Adjunct Instructor

Westdahl is a National Edward R. Murrow award-winning short-documentary filmmaker with a driving passion for social issues and bringing intimate stories to the screen.

She received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Arizona and worked as a video producer fellow with The New York Times Journalism Institute. She spent more than five years filming, editing, and producing stories for Arizona Public Media (PBS 6).

In 2019, Westdahl helped launch a small documentary team called Landmark Stories at the University of Arizona. As a senior producer, she focuses on bringing attention to communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental and social injustices.

Before embarking on a career as a visual storyteller, she worked as a print journalist in her home country of Sweden.

Westdahl has been honored with four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards as well as 12 Regional Emmy® Awards, 26 nominations, and three Telly Awards. Her work has been featured nationally on PBS NewsHour Weekend and NPR Tiny Desk Contest.