Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sonia Azad leaves KTRK abc13

KTRK abc13 reporter takes off from abc13; hopefully she won't follow me this time

UPDATE OCTOBER 07, 2015
Sonia Azad joins WFAA 8 after KTRK abc13

Sonia Azad
Sonia Azad
KTRK abc13 reporter Sonia Azad is leaving the station. She's been there since June 2009.

In fact, the funny thing about her arrival is that is coincided with my June 2009 departure from the station. I cleared out my desk one evening and she arrived the next day to sit at it supposedly.

Oddly enough, it's not the first time something like this happened. Azad replaced one of my good friends, also named Sonia, behind the anchor desk in Waco at my old station, KXXV/KRHD, a year or two after I left.

Please Sonia, don't follow in my footsteps this time or you'll be wasting your days blogging about the Houston media hoping someone clicks one of your banner ads so you can get a couple of pennies!

Naturally I'm joking, Azad will probably be announcing her next gig soon.

Before Houston, Azad worked for TV stations in San Diego, Chicago, Waco and College Station.

The award winning reporter is a graduate of the University of Texas Austin with a bachelor of journalism and from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a master of science in journalism. Azad also received a master of legal studies from Northwestern University's law school.

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She announced her departure on Facebook:

UPDATE (KTRK deleted her station Facebook page...here is the goodbye message she originally posted)
After 6 years at Channel 13, it has come time for me to start a new chapter in my personal and professional journey. I have had the great fortune of telling the stories and sharing the news of my hometown. I am grateful to have met and worked with some incredible people along the way. Thank you for your trust and for tuning in night after night (or day after day... Or morning after morning... ). I'm looking forward to new and exciting opportunities ahead. Stay tuned!!
Twitter: @SoniaAzadTV
Instagram: SoniaAzadTV

sonia-azad.com

UPDATE OCTOBER 07, 2015
Sonia Azad joins WFAA 8 after KTRK abc13


30 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm kinda surprised she's leaving Ch. 13!

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  2. Its not the station it used to be. I hear lots looking to leave the sinking ship.

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    1. Big question is where will Sonia end up next ?

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  3. WELL LOOK WHO IS THE NEW DIRECTOR. EVERYTHING THAT WOMAN TOUCES SHE DESTROYS IT.

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    1. Big question is whether the other longtime veterans leave Ch. 13?

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  4. Great, Now since Sonia Azad left KTRK 13, How about Nefertiti Jaquez come back to Houston and to work at KTRK 13 as Sonia Azad's replacement.

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    1. I'd rather eat glass and administer urine laced eyedrops to myself than look at or hear one of Not-fer-TV Jaquez's stories.

      She may have fit in at KPRC with their other incompetent hacks, but she's a baaaaaaaaad reporter.

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    2. Wow, tell us how u really feel

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  5. Too bad Ole DWI Dave doesn't retire. Houston needs a rest from his face, voice and senility.

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    1. GEE, GET A LIFE DUDE.

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    2. Dave Ward isn't going anywhere!

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  6. Very easy to work with AND a great person! She'll easily land another gig.

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  7. Sad to see her go. She was one of the best reporters at 13. Really nice as well, my girlfriend was at a yoga event a few weeks ago, and she was there, really nice person!

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  8. Expect to see a lot of new faces in the future. There are a lot of people quietly putting together resume tapes and waiting out their contracts at 13. The problem isn't newsroom management, it's station management: Henry Florsheim. Staff has lost confidence in him.

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  9. Nefertiti Jaquez left WCAU last week, And she is rumored to be going back to Houston to work as a reporter at KTRK 13, She is most likely to replace Sonia Azad

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    1. That's good. But that means Nef has some Houston connections here if she comes back.

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    2. I miss Nef, I think Dominique should quake in her lips, she is most likely the reason Queen Nef had to go!!!!!!!

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  10. Anon, hoping you're right about Nefertiti coming to Ch. 13!

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  11. Sonia Azad was one hottie though.

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  12. She still is a hottie.

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  13. Anon, Sonia still SEXY & HOT! Big question is whether she ends up at Fox 26?

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  14. Very doubtful!

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    1. Where do you see her likely destination?

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  15. Big Steve she's very family oriented and tight with hers in H-town.. My bet is she stays in Texas. Houston first choice, then San Anton, Austin and Dallas. Or she just focuses on her guy, gets hitched and pops out a kid or two and then re-enter the market at a later date as a "fresh face".

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  16. We'll find out Sonia's next move soon enough!

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  17. what I have noticed that Most if not ALL the best female reporters in houston (spelt lower case for a REASON) are being run out and replaced by blacks or hispanics. shows ME which audience the directors are aiming for. my proof?, Stephanie Guadian -replaced by a black. Shara fryer -replaced by a black. Katie McCall-replaced by a black. watch Sonia be replaced by an hispanic.Tiffany Craig -being replaced by an hispanic. see the trend ? I have all but given up on 13. but STILL refuse to go to 2,11,OR 26. with the exception of Tiffany Craig, THOSE 3 stations are WAY too liberal for me to take seriously

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    1. Can't take ANYONE seriously who says 'a black' or thinks 'spelt' is a word.

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  18. Sonia is Asian American!

    Stephanie Guadian was replaced by Adela Uchida (who's Asian American) in 2008. Adela is now in Austin.

    I agree with your comment, can't take the previous Anon seriously!

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  19. Sonia's parents are Persian. They prefer to be called Persian rather than Iranian.

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