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Sonia (Yee) Sly is a third generation Chinese-New Zealander.
Born in Christchurch, she has a BA in film, media and literature (Canterbury University), and is also a graduate actor of the prestigious Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.
While studying as an actor, Sonia dreamed of finding a place where she could 'perform behind the curtain' and eventually found herself at Radio New Zealand in 2008 where she took it upon herself to produce an ambitious 5-part series as her first project. Working on gut instinct and her theatre devising background, her series came to life – The Golden Tide looked into the evolution of the Chinese community in New Zealand and was soon picked up for broadcast in Hong Kong and China.
Sonia has produced a range of documentaries and features for Radio New Zealand including; stories for Spectrum, Asian Report, Afternoons: New Zealand Society, One in Five, This Way Up, Music 101, and social history stories for The Vault. She has also dabbled in some on-air presenting over recent years, but her love and passion for radio lies in making long-form documentaries which include; The Face of Fear (2013), and Here and Now which has been broadcast by international networks including; ABC, CBC and RTHK.
Sonia was awarded the RBA New Zealand Radio Award for Best New Broadcaster-Journalist (2010), and currently produces Features for Standing Room Only, New Zealand Society and Spiritual Outlook. She is also a contributor for The Wireless.