With equal parts humor and heart, Samia Khan is a multi-hyphenate content creator and recovering journalist who incorporates her own life experiences into every project she works on. Whether it’s her satirical webseries #Instacurity, which has been viewed more than 300k times, or her years of on-air work as a digital anchor for FOX News Now, her success has largely come from her ability to be authentic and relatable.
Her latest endeavor? Owning her “khanflicted” identity as a half-Pakistani, half-Indian, American millennial (who oftentimes allows her anxiety to get the best of her.) This truth will be examined humorously in her forthcoming book and webseries, both of which are currently in the early stages of development. As a mental health advocate, Samia hopes that her creative endeavors will inspire others to have important conversations.
Samia’s foray into autobiographical storytelling began when she worked at TV Guide in 2009. From TV show set visits (i.e. How I Met Your Mother, Community, Heroes, Sesame Street) to celebrity interviews (i.e. Miley, Kobe, Kanye, Rosie), Samia’s quirky and humorous perspective on these unique opportunities were documented in her blog, Khanversations.
At the time, an agent who read her blog (and found it hilarious) told her she should do stand-up comedy. She waited seven years before actually taking that advice (instead partaking in acting, writing and improv classes, and podcasting/blogging to express her comedic side over the years.)
Throughout her professional career, Samia has been immersed in the television, news and entertainment industries, primarily as an on-air contributor and producer. She served as the primary digital anchor for FOX News Now in Phoenix, AZ from 2014 to 2017.
After years of being asked “What’s THAT like?” (no one ever wanted to explicitly say “a brown girl working for FOX…in Arizona?!?”), Samia decided to write her perspective into comedy material which in turn influenced the creation of her TV pilot, Khanflicted – a series that follows a 28-year-old, indecisive but well-meaning, Pakistani-American girl who abruptly moves to Arizona to escape her haunted life in LA. The pilot script was selected as a semi-finalist for both the Sundance Episodic Lab and MACRO Episodic Lab in 2018.
As a writer, Samia is now working on a humorous collection of memoir-like essays from the point-of-view of a Pakistani-American millennial who has been khanflicted her entire life – from not fitting in with her white classmates in Fresno, CA as a kid, to being told she’s “not Muslim enough” by her then-boyfriend as an adult (she’s even Khanflicted about calling herself as Pakistani-American, considering technically, she’s also half-Indian.) A book that reflects on identity, gender and self-worth, she uses humor to examine the painful moments in life.
In 2013, Samia co-created #Instacurity, a webseries and “movement” that satirically examined society’s obsession and dependence on social media and the validation that comes with likes and followers. She wrote, produced and starred in more than a dozen sketch videos. The project was featured by dozens of media outlets, including TIME, Mashable and Good Morning America .
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Samia was selected as an Annenberg scholar and was awarded an academic scholarship to pursue a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has also completed long-form improv training at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood and studied sitcom writing at UCLA. In 2014, she was selected for the inaugural ABC/MPAC writer’s workshop after submitting a spec script for New Girl.