Sonia Azad is an award winning American broadcast journalist and reporter for the television station WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, specializing in wellness and health reporting. She also hopes to give women an extensive look at the confusing and often misinterpreted process of egg freezing, by sharing her personal experiences through her articles. As a reporter, Sonia has covered countless major news stories in the US as well as around the world.
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Early life and educational background
Sonia Azad was born on the 17th of September 1982 in Houston, Texas USA, of part-Persian (Farsi) descent, so is of Asian-American ethnicity.
She is 37 years old as of 2019. Not much is known about Sonia’s childhood and how she became interested in the field of journalism, however, it is known that after matriculating from high school she attended the University of Texas, Austin from which she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. Sonia also attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and the University’s prestigious law school, and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism, and Master of Legal Studies, respectively in 2010.
During her studies, Sonia gained her first professional experience working for the University’s station. After graduation she did work for local television stations and as a result she stayed in places such as San Diego, Waco, Chicago and College Station. After gaining much experience in reporting, she finally settled as the reporter for the television station KTRK-TV for six years. During these years she covered international and local stories such as war crimes in Africa and the Balkans, the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands and youth and politics in the run up to the 2008 Presidential election for WAMU radio station.
Updates on structural #Tornado damage to homes and businesses, school closures in #Dallas ISD, power outages… all morning long. @wfaa @MarcIstook #iamup #wfaaweather #wfaa #dfwwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/2eEJCtikvS
— Sonia Azad (@SoniaAzadTV) October 21, 2019
A few of her most noteworthy global assignments include the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster for Star Television, and out of New Delhi, India, and reporting on Afghans and Iranians in Paris seeking asylum in France. Domestically, she has reported on the ambush of police in Dallas when five officers were killed and the subsequent visit to Texas of former US President Barack Obama, various man-made and natural disasters such as the consequences of Hurricane Harvey, the mass theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the Ebola crisis in Dallas and the bureaucratic campaign of Texas Senate member Wendy Davis. Sonia was also one of the first reporters to break the news on Mayor of Houston Annise Parker’s same-sex marriage.
After five years, Sonia was offered a position at ABC- affiliate WFAA television station, joining the network in October of 2015. The reporter is regularly seen on a weekday segment on the program entitled ‘News 8 Daybreak’ in which she covers her specialities of health, wellness and lifestyle, with the aim of helping others to live their best lives. Additionally, she has covered other stories such as presidential elections from different aspects, and international projects. Sonia has mentioned that at times, she shoots and edits her own stories.
Yoga Instructor and marathon runner.
When she’s not covering breaking stories, Sonia not only participates in marathons in and around Texas, but she also instructs her own yoga classes. She is a licensed Yoga Instructor with more than 15 years experience in various disciplines of yoga, from Nicaragua, Mexico, France and the Netherlands. This experience began in the dance department in the University of Texas while she was a student there, and she has practiced yoga since then. She has a passion for guiding people, from beginners to professional athletes through their discovery of movement. Her calming and gentle Vinyasa flow classes are designed to heal and open the mind and body, focused on making the experience enjoyable and as meaningful as possible for those involved.
She believes in utilizing the skill learnt on the yoga mat in living life with increased presence, courage, gratitude and patience. According to her, yoga is essential in keeping a spiritual balance and helping her realize the daily demands of her journalist job.
Sonia’s Community Service
Outside of her professional work life, Sonia dedicates a lot of time to making the community a better place. She serves on many committees and councils for charity such as the Asian Leadership Council for the Houston Symphony, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Houston Advisory Council for the Tahirih Justice Center and the Board of Directors for the Halo House Foundation. Regularly, she is seen delivering Meals on Wheels to senior citizens in Southern Dallas.
Awards and achievements
Azad’s hard work and dedication paid off in 2011 when she was rewarded with an Emmy Award for her half-hour special report entitled ‘Passage to India’. The following year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters named her as one of the best reporters in the state.
Personal life, Relationships
Sonia was rumored to be in a relationship with her work partner on News 8 Daybreak, Ron Corning, as fans noticed their on-screen chemistry. They were close and even gifted each other on birthdays which lead fans to believe that they are either married or siblings. Eventually, the company issued a statement that confirmed they were not in a relationship. In September of 2017, Sonia posted a photo with a teddy, stating him as her boyfriend.
As of 2019, Sonia is still single and spends most of her time on work, proclaiming herself as a workaholic. When she’s not traveling around the world covering news stories, she’s either teaching yoga, running a marathon or doing charity work and that leaves no time for a significant other. Sonia has said that running a marathon in Antarctica looks more likely than getting a husband. Despite the lack of a significant other, Sonia has expressed an interest in having a child or children with or without a spouse. In 2016, she documented on her blog her 24- day journey with egg-freezing, after her friends had gone through the process too, ensuring that she had viable eggs that would enable her to become a mother when the right time comes.
Appearance and clothing style
Sonia is of Asian ethnicity with black hair and dark brown eyes. She has a height of 5ft 3ins (1.58m) and a weight of 118lbs (53kgs). She has a polished and elegant appearance and is very fond of wearing the Indian sari.
Net worth and salary
The exact amount of her salary is unknown but Payscale reports the salary of the WFAA anchor is about $90,000. She has an estimated net worth of over $700,000, gained through her successful journalism career in just this decade.