Sonya Buyting is an award-winning science and lifestyle journalist with extensive experience on both sides of the camera.
She fell in love with science when she took her first biochemistry courses at the University of New Brunswick. It didn’t take her long to realize what she loved most about learning it was telling other people. When Sonya took the graduate journalism program at Ryerson University in Toronto, all of a sudden, everywhere she looked all the curiosities of life became stories.
Her first job in television was at CBC Newsworld where she worked as an editorial assistant while studying at Ryerson. A few days after her final class, Sonya moved to Prince Edward Island to work as a freelance reporter for CBC Radio in Charlottetown. Then she moved to Summerside, PEI where she hosted a daily radio show, announced the news, and reported for CJRW-C102. Next Sonya went Saint John, New Brunswick to work at CBC Radio as an associate producer, but she also reported and presented a weekly column on discovering the city.
Sonya finally combined her passion and craft when she moved to Toronto again to work for the world’s first nightly science magazine show Daily Planet (formerly @discovery.ca) on Discovery Channel and CTV. She was hired as an associate producer, but quickly worked her way up to reporter and segment producer. She covered everything from Canada’s first communication to outer space in Calling All Aliens to meeting the Dalai Lama for a story on meditation, to a three-part series on Ecstasy where she went to a rave in Vancouver – in the name of science, of course. She traveled around Canada, the U.S. and Denmark reporting and producing segments. Sonya also helped them win numerous awards including several Gemini nominations, Worldfest Houston Gold, Silver, and Bronze Remis, as well as becoming a finalist at the International Wildlife Film Festival Awards.
Most recently Sonya worked at High Fidelity HDTV where she honed her storytelling skills in long form television production. She hosted 26-episodes of a collecting lifestyle game show series Collector Showdown. Festival Bound was another series she created where she did everything from hosting, producing, to writing. Sonya won a Worldfest Houston Gold Remi for that series as well as for Quebec: A City in Layers – a documentary she produced, directed, and wrote on 400-years of Quebec City history told through its architecture. Lately Sonya finally got back to her science and discovery roots when she series produced and directed the award-winning astronomy series Cosmic Vistas and directed and wrote a few episodes of A Park for All Seasons.
Today you can find her freelancing in Toronto where she lives with her award-winning comedian and comedy-writing husband Tim Steeves.