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.
Health & Medicine
Half of all pregnancies in the predominantly Catholic Philippines are unintended. That may change as the country begins to roll out its new reproductive health law, but the Catholic Church — and even the pope — are still fighting the push for free contraception.
Development & Education
During a global health reporting trip to Mozambique, Sonia Narang witnessed the challenges women and children face in one of the least developed countries in the world. Thus was born "The Women of Mozambique," a week long Instagram series that illuminates the lives of women through short vignettes.
Lifestyle & Belief
The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this weekend. It's celebrated by Muslims all over the world, including in a community in Cape Town, South Africa. Reporter Sonia Narang went to visit a family there preparing for the Ramadan break-fast.
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.