Sonya Gavankar is a television personality who can be seen hosting programs on PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news. Ms Gavankar serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.
In her free time Ms Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films. Additionally, she served for 5 years as the President of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, D.C. During her tenure she grew the program by 50% and adding four one day Freshman events to the program year training hundreds of students annually.
In 2012 Sonya was awarded one of 40 Under 40 from the Envest Foundation for her professional and philanthropic works in Washington, DC. In 1997 she represented Washington, D.C. in the Miss America Pageant and produces the annual Miss D.C. Pageant held at the historic Lincoln Theater. Ms Gavankar holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The American University.