She was born in Erfjord and has a cand.philol. degree from the University of Bergen, majoring in art history. She edited the periodidal Syn og Segn from 2003 to 2006, was briefly debate editor in Dagbladet in 2005, and later journalist and debate editor in Bergens Tidende from 2006 to 2016. She has also released several books.
Sandvik became board member of the Association of Norwegian Editors in 2013 and Amedia in 2016.
Hilde sandvik kven er det som trekkjer grensene om kunst terror og ytringsfridom