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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 is a passionate, creative storyteller and a specialist in long form content. She has produced a wide range of documentaries and stories covering the arts, social history, science, fashion, lifestyle and more.
Early in her career she was awarded an RBA New Zealand Radio Award for Best New Broadcaster - Journalist (2010). She is also an international award winning producer with three New York Festival Radio Awards under her belt, including a Gold Trophy (2019) for producing Beyond Kate - a stylized in-depth documentary series celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage exploring themes such as education, work, politics and diversity.