Sonia Azad is a well-known reporter with ABC-affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. She is also surprisingly an experienced and certified yoga instructor. Let’s find out more about her age, nationality, parents and current relationship status.
Early life, family, siblings
Sonia Azad was born under the birth sign of Virgo. on 17 September 1982, in Houston, Texas USA, into a family of Persian descendants, but Sonia holds American nationality. Her parents married 38 years ago, on 26 October 1980, and Sonia is their first-born daughter. A bit later Sonia had two younger siblings: sisters Sarah and Sophia. Sonia has never mentioned her parents’ names, ages or occupations, though she’s shared several photos of them on her Instagram account, congratulating them on their wedding anniversary. It is obvious that they are both alive and still married, keeping their marriage strong for all those years. Sonia is in very warm and close relationship with her family, even spending a lot of spare time with her niece Eliana, who is turning six this year. Her sister Sarah Nezamzadeh is a comedian, and youngest sister Sophia is a bodybuilder. Sonia was raised in the traditions and rules of her culture, so she often mentions her love for Asian fashion and culture – she loves wearing a traditional Indian sari.
Sonia matriculated from a local high school in Houston in 2000, then entered the University of Texas and graduated with a BA in Science in Journalism in 2004. She felt the courage and strength to continue her education, and entered Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, getting her MA in Science in Journalism. Still not feeling fully satisfied, Sonia obtained an MA in Legal Studies, graduating from Northwestern University’s Law School. She subsequently added several certifications for becoming a full-time yoga instructor, when she decided to teach yoga along with her journalistic career.
After completing her university studies, for more than six years Sonia held the position of a reporter at KTRK-TV in Houston. She subsequently worked for several TV stations located in various other cities, such as Chicago, Waco, and San Diego, and also worked at the College Station in Houston.
She was assigned to report on several global events, including the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, which she covered for Star Television working from New Delhi, India; she also reported on Afghans and Iranians seeking shelter in Paris, France. As for her domestic reports, she was noted covering Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign, the deadly police ambush in Dallas, North Texas, and Barack Obama’s visit there after the tragedy. Again in Dallas, Sonia also covered the Ebola crisis among local citizens, and also reported on the shooting in the theater in Aurora, Colorado. She also had hard times covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Dallas, and especially in Houston, where her parents’ home is located. She uploaded a separate post on her Instagram account, sharing “Before and After” looks of their flooded backyard and letting everybody know that her parents were safe and sound. Sonia was one of the first to report from Palm Springs, California on Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s marriage, which appeared to be a same-sex union.
As for the moment, Sonia holds the position of the health and wellness reporter working for WFAA-TV (ABC-affiliate) in Dallas, Texas. She was offered work there in October 2015 and accepted the job offer replacing Janet St. James, who was retiring from the station after more than two decades of solid work.
It is worth saying that Sonia managed to win an Emmy Award in 2011 – she was nominated and later awarded for her special report called “Passage to India”. Sonia was also named one of the best reporters in the state in 2012, when the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters held their annual award ceremony.
Passionate yoga trainer
Sonia may look like a model, and one can find out her figure was not granted to her only by nature. She is a hard-working certified yoga instructor, a marathon runner and a trained dancer, and has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. Sonia has experienced multiple yoga disciplines in various countries: Nicaragua, Mexico, France, The Netherlands, etc. She has also been a leading trainer in tourist yoga retreats to Guatemala, Iceland, and the Galapagos Islands.
Personal life, rumors on an affair with Ron Corning
Little is known about Sonia’s private life which she keeps under wraps. She was once rumored to have an affair with her co-host Ron Corning – their kind and warm communication style was taken for flirting, and some fans even tweeted they suspected that Sonia and Ron were having a love affair they were hiding from everybody. Sonia added fuel to the fire, tweeting that if no one congratulated Ron on St. Valentine’s Day, she wanted him to remember that at least she loved him. However, neither Sonia nor Ron ever confirmed they were in relationship. Sonia also announced that she went through an egg freezing process, but that didn’t mean she was getting married and soon be pregnant, but she wanted to be sure that she would have an opportunity to become a mother when she decided it was time to. She also wrote an open letter about the procedure to encourage other women to freeze their eggs, for the same reason. It is worth saying that the Texas Medical Association granted Sonia an award for her report series on egg freezing in 2016.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Sonia is a dedicated server of her community, and tries to spend spare time doing kind actions. She holds a position on the Board of Directors at the Halo House Foundation based in the Texas Medical Center, which supports people suffering from leukemia or lymphoma. She also volunteers at the Cedar Hill Senior Center every week.
She has a strong interest and passion for healthy living, traveling, adventures, storytelling and yoga. Sonia tries to stay as positive as she can in any situation; she once received an angry message from a woman who was too at her hosting style, and asked the directors of her program to eliminate Sonia from the hosts. Sonia wished that woman a nice day, replying to her message and didn’t say a bad word about her, asking everybody else to be kind and to look only for good in any situation.
Social media presence
Sonia is active on various social media platforms. She has an Instagram account which is followed by almost 8,000 subscribers. Her Twitter profile is read by almost 12,000 people, and her official Facebook page is followed by almost 25,000 fans. She also has a personal website.
REPORT: Millennials on track to be most unhealthy generation in history 😳 With so much access & info, why? We’ll discuss w/ @the_drjames on @News8Daybreak! ☀️ #wfaa #iamup #HealthCheck pic.twitter.com/D0GXbMdj6o
— Sonia Azad (@SoniaAzadTV) June 4, 2019
Sonia has very long dark-brown hair which she likes to wear curly at the ends. She has dark-brown eyes and very long lashes. She is 5ft (1.52m) tall and weighs around 99lbs (45kgs); her vital statistics are not available at the moment, though one can see she has a very fit figure since not only has she been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, but is also a practicing yoga instructor. As for her clothing style, she prefers classy looks, and often wears dresses, blouses and trousers.
Authoritative sources estimate Sonia’s net worth to be around $700,000, accumulated from her hard work in the positions of broadcast journalist and a yoga instructor. It is still a mystery how she combines two jobs with such dedication, however, she successfully manages to do it. Her net worth is forecast to grow in future, since she continues to work in both jobs she has now.