Sonya is a web designer with Digital Wave. In her free time, she likes to run and volunteer her time with Graphic Design non-profit organization AIGA Hampton Roads.
She was previously an adjunct photography instructor at Tidewater Community College and a freelance visual journalist with the Daily Press. She brings her combined professional experience in cultural diversity, event photography and video skills to every story she covers locally in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
She received the Professional Keynote Press Award for historical farmers market and showcased documentary on Ireland's food movement at Athens Film Festival. She is also a Chips Quinn Scholar and gained multimedia training for the newsrooms.
In 2016, she is currently on track to finish her associates in Multimedia and Graphic Design. She aspires to be a User Experience Designer and Multimedia Producer in marketing. Her mission is to continue to educate all ages and create meaningful stories.
2016 - Adjunct Photography Instructor at VAC
2015 - CPR, AED & First Aid Certificate with Health & Safety Institute (HSI)
2014 - Data Journalism Course certificate with European Journalism Centre & Data Driven Journalism
2014 - Pa. NewsMedia Association Professional Keynote Press Award
2013 - College Student Production Long Form Non-fiction Award
2013 - Film Screening of “Made in Donegal” Athens Film Festival
Final Cut Pro, Adobe Products: Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
Chips Quinn Scholar, AIGA, NPPA, International Toastmasters
Present - Volunteer photographer for St. Luke's Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, Va.
2014 - Photograph picked for the first York's 2015 calendar. Money go towards revitalization of Downtown York, Pa.
2014 - Photograph donated for YDR's charity fund for Olivia's House, which supports grieving children with loss of a family.
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