Sonia Azad is a reporter at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in health and wellness.
1) Who are you? I am an Emmy® Award winning journalist. I joined WFAA in October of 2015 after spending much of my professional career living out of suitcases from all over the world.
Prior to living in Dallas, I spent six years at KTRK-TV in Houston. I also reported for TV stations in San Diego, Chicago, Waco, and College Station, at times shooting and editing my own stories. In Washington, D. C., I covered youth and politics in the run up to the 2008 Presidential election for WAMU. Internationally, I covered the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands and reported on war crimes in Africa and the Balkans.
Some of my most memorable global assignments include reporting on Iranians and Afghans seeking asylum in Paris and the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster for Star Television out of New Delhi, India.
Domestically, my assignments have ranged from: political campaigns, to severe and extreme weather, to the mass theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado. I broke the news of former Houston Mayor Annise Parker's same-sex marriage from Palm Springs, California. Most recently, my coverage spans fitness, nutrition, medical advancements & research, as well as public health and infectious disease, including Ebola, Zika and CoVid-19.
I received an Emmy Award in 2011 for my half-hour special report entitled "Passage to India." In 2012, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters named me one of the best reporters in the state. The Texas Medical Association awarded me for a series on Egg Freezing in 2017, along with a report about heart health and extensive recalls of blood pressure medications in 2020.
2) What are your interests? Aside from work and globetrotting, I dedicate a lot of my free time to my community. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Halo House Foundation. I also work closely with: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Be The Difference Foundation, and The American Heart Association. I love leading a healthy and active lifestyle through eating well and exercising. Some of my favorite workouts include: HIIT style bootcamps, indoor cycle, Pilates, barre & yoga. A sucker for all things outdoors, I believe that a beautiful hike in nature can remedy almost anything. I am also a marathon & half marathon finisher and a certified yoga and meditation instructor.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? WFAA allows me to "be" myself and to follow my curiosity and lean on my expertise to report on topics about which I am deeply passionate. I believe that informed health reporting can positively impact the quality of life for all.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I am a lover of learning! I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. I also hold a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Additionally, I received a Master of Legal Studies from Northwestern University's prestigious law school. In recent years, I have found ways to continue learning and growing through workshops like Gong Master Trainings and short courses online: Epidemiology 101 for Journalists through McGill University and Nutrition Science through Stanford University.
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