Former KTRK abc13 reporter/fill-in anchor Sonia Azad is heading to Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA 8 where she will be the TEGNA station's new medical reporter/fill-in anchor. That position was formerly held by longtime reporter Janet St. James.
DFW TV watchers will know that means Azad is about to takeover a big role in that market and she knows it. St. James was the go to health source in Dallas for nearly two decades. The veteran DFW journalist left the TV biz earlier this year, then announced she was battling cancer.
"I see it as a big responsibility and it is a big honor to follow her in this role," Azad told mikemcguff.com this morning.
Azad is not totally new to health journalism. She covered medical issues back in Waco a few TV markets ago and won some awards based on her work.
As you read right here, the Houston native left KTRK abc13 last March. Azad told me that she was thinking of even seeing what life was like outside of TV. In fact, for the last seven months, she's been a certified yoga instructor teaching full-time.
However, I think anyone in the TV biz knows that if a chance to work at WFAA comes up, you take it. So she did. Now the marathon runner is very excited to merge her two worlds of health/wellness and journalism...especially at a prestigious news shop like this one.
"This is a dream job," Azad told me.
Before KTRK, Azad worked for TV stations in San Diego, Chicago, Waco and College Station.
The award winning TV reporter received a journalism degree from UT Austin and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She also received a master of legal studies from Northwestern University's law school.
Azad's first day at WFAA will be this coming Monday.
Azad joins fellow former KTRK reporter Demond Fernandez in Dallas who left Houston in May of 2014 for WFAA. If this becomes a trend, I'll start calling WFAA "KTRK North." Also, Houston TV watchers will recognize WFAA's news director Carolyn Mungo because she was an award-winning reporter at KHOU 11 for many years. She also worked at FOX 26 KRIV as assistant news director before leaving for The Metroplex.
(Thanks Steve Boudreaux!)