Sontaya is intense and incredibly driven when it comes to collecting news. Her competitive spirit and personality help her land some of the most sought out stories in the Central Valley.
Sontaya's specialty is investigative news reporting and she is constantly working on and off the clock to break stories. Each day, Sontaya works to deliver news that is more in-depth, with personal stories you want to hear.
Fresno is home for Sontaya. She was born and raised here. Her passion for journalism began at Clovis High School in Mr. Menendian's English class. She started as a feature writer for the school newspaper and after a year earned the title of Editor of the Cougar's Growl.
Sontaya stays very busy. When she isn't chasing news stories, she's running after her three young children. She has two daughters and a son. Weekends are typically spent on soccer fields or at dance competitions rooting on the kids!
When she gets the opportunity, Sontaya loves to travel. Her favorite destination is her father's native country, Thailand. She also likes taking in the beauty of plumeria flowers in Hawaii.
Any chance she gets, Sontaya enjoys gardening and reading up on the latest real estate news.
Sanger couple honor daughter with $10,000 gift to school to erase kids' lunch debt
Karamdeep Dhaliwal was an after-school program director at Madison Elementary in Sanger. The $10,000 gift by her parents in her memory will feed hundreds of hungry kids.
Deputies uncover major drug operation in Tulare County supplying meth across the Valley
A traffic stop for a minor violation led deputies to nearly 400 pounds of meth worth $1.5 million. Investigators believe a Mexican drug cartel is behind a major illegal drug operation in Tulare County.
Driver fleeing police dies in crash after car goes airborne over San Joaquin River
A man fleeing police died after his vehicle went airborne over the San Joaquin River from Fresno County into Madera County Monday morning, authorities say.
CHP: Driver may have been high on drugs when car went airborne over San Joaquin River
Investigators still don't know for sure if Callahan knew there was a river below the cliff he flew off of.
Fresno County mom who watched her ex-boyfriend murder her son speaks out
DEADLY BREAKUP: Leticia Rodriguez had only been dating Hileberto Valtierra for five months before she said he shot her two sons during a bad breakup.
Fresno County officials accused of stealing $250,000 worth of property from the dead
Susan Nesbitt, a longtime worker at the Fresno County Public Administrator's Office, was allegedly a central part of a group who went to great lengths to rip off the dead.
Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy honored by hometown 3 years after death
The cost of the memorial was more than $10,000, but the permanent reminder is priceless because of who it represents: a man passionate to serve and leave the world a better place.
Family mourns Army-bound teen Dezon Cheatham shot to death in Fresno
Dezon Cheatham's family said they are praying police find the suspect responsible for his death while remembering the young man who was determined to serve in the Army.
Driver in deadly Fresno DUI crash to serve 10 years in prison
Joshua Parker was driving drunk in central Fresno in the summer of 2019 when he slammed into a big rig, killing his passenger, 22-year-old Mina Serrano.
Assemblyman and family fighting for stricter Gavin's Law after tragedy
Patterson expects the amended bill will pass the committee one week from today, either unanimously or close to it.