Sontaya grew up in Clovis and then headed south to San Diego State University. She landed her first on-air job in the Tri-Cities, Washington, doing everything from producing to anchoring and reporting.
Sontaya has won various prestigious awards, including an Edward R. Murrow award for her investigation into a specialty unit at the Fresno Police Department. The story prompted a significant restructuring of the unit and new guidelines.
Sontaya loves serving the community where she grew up. She enjoys the people here and considers it an honor to share their stories.
Sontaya is always on the move. She and her husband Eric, have five children. They are all teenagers, so home is just as adventurous as work!
When she isn't on the air, chances are she's carting kids around, cooking, or doing laundry! In her spare time, Sontaya enjoys wine tasting, backpacking, gardening, and driving a tractor!
Limo services, local DJs hit by COVID-19 cancellations
The prolonged pandemic has left businesses who rely on people going to special events - limo services and local DJs - in a financial crisis.
Fresno County teen trying to raise funeral costs after dad dies of COVID-19
Guillermo Gomez, a Fresno County farmworker and his family's sole earner, died of the coronavirus after 6 weeks in the hospital. Now his son, high schooler William, needs money to lay him to rest.
Truck driving schools seeing increase in enrollment during pandemic
Assemblyman Jim Patterson has been working to try to help streamline the process to get these essential workers on the road, but it's difficult.
Local doctor: Initial scare of COVID-19 has worn off in Central Valley
Dr. Rajoulh works at hospitals in Fresno and surrounding communities. He doesn't like how the pandemic has become so political.
8-year-old girl rescued at Reedley Beach on life support, has COVID-19
Samantha Cruzpedro's distraught parents are hoping to keep her on life support, long enough for her siblings to come from Mexico to say goodbye.
Kings River hero tried saving kids using turban, then jumped into water
Family members say Manjeet Singh couldn't swim and was always cautious, never wading too deep into the water. But he didn't think of himself when he heard desperate cries for help.
Fresno man who died trying to save drowning kids in Kings River identified
RIP HERO: 29-year-old Manjeet Singh came to the U.S. two years ago from India. On Wednesday, he saw three children being swept away in the Kings River and jumped in, only to drown himself.
Fresno man robbed of $8,000 while stopping to get gas
Al Lopez was down on his luck and laid off, so he borrowed $8,000 to start his own business and now he's trying to find a way to earn it back
Fresno County Board of Supervisors working to help families with pandemic relief funds
The move comes after a state assemblyman showed up to a board meeting again with more criticism for supervisors.
Pregnant woman hit, killed by driver in northwest Fresno
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