Who is Sonia Azad?
Sonia Azad was born on 17 September 1982, in the United States of America, and is a broadcast journalist, best known for working with the ABC affiliated television station WFAA. She serves as the health and wellness reporter of the station, and has been working with the company since 2013.
The Riches of Sonia Azad
How rich is Sonia Azad? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $700,000, earned through a successful career in journalism. She’s also worked on other television stations and has won awards thanks to her coverage of several high profile stories. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Very little is known about Sonia’s childhood and her family, but it is known that she is Asian American, with family roots in Iraq. There is also no information regarding how she developed an interest towards the journalism field. It is known that after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a degree in journalism, then continued her studies by enrolling at the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism which is one of the most highly recognized journalism schools in the country. She completed a master’s degree in journalism and also enrolled at Northwestern University’s law school where she completed a master’s in Legal Studies. She had her first professional experience working with a station at the university, and after completing her studies, began working in local television stations. She moved around the country due to her work which had her stay in areas such as Chicago, San Diego, and Waco in Texas, to name a few.
Move to WFAA
After gaining experience in several stations, Azad settled as a reporter for KTRK-TV, which is an ABC-owned and operated station in Houston. She stayed there for a few years but eventually moved to WFAA as she was offered a position as health and wellness reporter at the station, an ABC affiliate that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the largest ABC affiliated station by market size that is not owned by the network directly, and the largest affiliate of any of the big four television networks which include CBS, NBC and Fox.
She joined the network in 2013, and began regularly appearing for them in broadcasts during 2015, mainly in a weekday segment during the program called “News 8 Daybreak”. Her segment mainly focuses on health, wellness and lifestyle with the aim of helping one live the best life, but she has covered other stories as well, including presidential elections from different aspects and international projects. She has mentioned that at times she shoots and edits her own stories.
Some of Sonia’s most notable work include her coverage of the former Yugoslavia during the International Criminal Tribunal held in The Hague, Netherlands, and reports on war crimes in the Balkans and in Africa. She’s travelled globally for her work, for example to report on Afghan refugees seeking shelter in Paris, and the Space Shuttle disaster of the Columbia out of New Delhi, India, and reported on the police ambush in Dallas and President Obama’s visits in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Locally she’s reported on various disasters such as tornadoes and wildfires, and covered hurricanes including Hurricane Harvey. She covered the Ebola epidemic scare in Dallas, and also the mass theater shooting that happened in Aurora, Colorado. She was responsible for breaking the news of Mayor Annise Parker’s same sex marriage.
She won an Emmy Award for a special report entitled “Passage to India”, and has been named one of the best reporters from the state of Texas. Her report follows her as she covered Rotary International reaching out to families needing help in South India. She also received an award from the Texas Medical Association for her reports on egg freezing.
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For her personal life, not much is known in terms of Azad’s romantic relationships. There are rumors that she is romantically involved with her co-worker Ron Corning as the two worked as co-anchors for “News 8 Daybreak”. Fans noticed that they had good chemistry which meant that they are either related or married. They are close and have gifted each other during birthdays, but eventually the company issued a statement that confirmed they were not in a relationship. She isn’t very vocal when it comes to this aspect of her life, though communicates with her fans on a regular basis. In 2017, she posted a photo of her with a dummy joking that the dummy is her new boyfriend – the post implied that she is single and stated that there might not be a likelihood of her getting a husband any time soon.
She has been open about her age and how that may limit her chances of becoming a mother in the future. To help increase her chances, she has undergone an egg freezing process to ensure that she can become a mother when the right time comes. Ever since undergoing the process, she has been a vocal supporter of egg freezing, and has written to encourage women to do so to prepare for their future.