Sonia Narang

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Sonia Narang is a Los Angeles, California-based multimedia journalist who reports on maternal and reproductive health for Public Radio International's The World, NPR News, the Washington Post's The Lily, the BBC, and more. Sonia has spent the past several years covering women’s health, contraception access, pregnancy, abortion, and issues that affect the lives of women and girls globally. She also covers how climate change impacts access to family planning and reproductive health services. In recent years, Sonia has reported stories in Kenya, India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Mozambique, the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and the South Pacific island of Fiji. Sonia previously worked as the Global Health & Development Editor at PRI's The World. Her multi-part series on reproductive health in the Philippines launched PRI’s “Across Women’s Lives” project, and her radio stories from rural Nepal launched an in-depth series, "The Ninth Month," about pregnancy around the world. Sonia has received awards from the South Asian Journalists Association and Society of Environmental Journalists. She has a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

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A World Champion Slam Poet Pivots To Medicine

Slam poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Emi Mahmoud performs at the Sziget Festival in Hungary in 2019. László Mudra/Rockstar Photographers. “Memories of my childhood live/between the rings of sand around my ankles/ and the desert…

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An American Scientist Stands Up for the Pacific Islands at UN Climate Talks

Elisabeth Holland heads the climate change program at the University of the South Pacific. (Sonia Narang) Elisabeth Holland’s office at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji looks like a museum. There are woven palm…

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Fijians speak from the front lines of climate change

We asked half a dozen Fijians about the threats to their country and their moment in the international spotlight. Maria Nailevu: This is really a big opportunity to showcase to the world the reality that…

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Life on the Front Line of Climate Change for Fiji’s Women and Girls

Fiji is already feeling the effects of a warming world, with high-intensity cyclones and flooding destroying livelihoods across the South Pacific. As with so many natural disasters, it’s women and girls who are hardest hit. Estelle,…

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Extreme weather is wreaking havoc on the lives of women farmers in Fiji

Sunila Wati arranges green beans and pumpkins at her farmer’s market booth in the town of Rakiraki. It’s almost all women selling fruits and vegetables here, and Wati chats with the market ladies in her…

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After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate

Inside a bustling market in the north coast town of Tavua on Fiji’s largest island, farmer Adi Alesi Nacoba stacks her produce of the day. She carefully lays out eggplants, chilies, and papayas at her…

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Fiji’s Climate Champion Speaks Up for Women in the Wake of Cyclones

When a cyclone devastated Eta Tuvuki’s remote village in Fiji, she wanted to make sure women hit by extreme weather were being heard. Now she brings their concerns to decision makers in the capital and…