Stories from Sonia Narang
Sonia Narang is a multimedia producer for health and global development at PRI's The World. She produces online content and videos for in-depth multimedia projects, including the global cancer series
and the year-long South African school series
. She also films musicians for The World’s Global Hit web videos.
Prior to joining The World in 2012, Sonia produced and reported video stories in Japan, India, and the US for the New York Times, GlobalPost, PBS NewsHour, Frontline/World, and Time.com. She once filmed a cat petting café in Osaka. She also reported on the aftermath of the Japan tsunami, the controversy over U.S. military bases in Okinawa, and alternative energy in rural India.
Sonia has a master’s degree in journalism and documentary film from the University of California at Berkeley. A native Californian, she first ventured east for college (majored in English at Amherst College), and got her start in journalism at a newspaper in Colorado more than a decade ago.
Lifestyle & Belief
In Nepal, a centuries old tradition of choosing a young girl as a goddess continues to this day. Nepali Hindus and Buddhists worship this girl, known as a Kumari. They believe she's a reincarnation of the Hindu goddess, Durga. There are a few different goddesses in the Kathmandu valley. The World's Sonia Narang spent time with one of them during a trip to Nepal.
Arts, Culture & Media
In Pakistan, trucks are decorated from top to bottom in elaborate, colorful designs, all made by hand. These ornate decorations can cost thousands of dollars, a major investment for truck drivers. But, many say they won't even drive a truck unless it's fully decorated, since this is a source of pride.
Conflict & Justice
Photographer Ami Vitale was surprised to learn that her photos of young women in Guinea-Bissau were the face of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Vitale shot the photos a few years ago and didn't even realize they'd become the icons of a movement until it went viral.
Health & Medicine
In Pakistan, family planning is often a family decision. If a woman wants to go on birth control, her mother-in-law may cast the deciding vote.
Lifestyle & Belief
Sonia Narang will be reporting from Pakistan in April as part of a fellowship sponsored by the East West Center. The trip has had special meaning for her, though, because she'll be the first member of her extended family to visit Pakistan since they left after the Indian/Pakistani partition in 1947.