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SONYA JENKINS SONYASSPOTLIGHT@AOL.COM Sonya Jenkins has been a versatile entertainment journalist and free-lance writer for more than 20 years. Her coverage of celebrity profiles has included personal interviews and articles on Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Vanessa Williams, Don Johnson, Halle Berry, Quincy Jones, Wesley Snipes, Billy Dee Williams, Danny Glover, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Whitney Houston, Grant Hill, Evander Holyfield, Stevie Wonder, and several others. Born in Atlanta, Ga., Jenkins began her journalistic endeavors while in high school where she became editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Jenkins studied Communications at the University of Tennessee where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with an emphasis in journalism. She worked in the University’s journalism department for three years and was a sports writer for Smokey’s Tale Magazine. The following year she was nominated an Outstanding Young Woman of America and worked as an intern/production assistant at “Entertainment Tonight” in Hollywood, which ignited her zeal for entertainment reporting. Not long after her intern with “Entertainment Tonight” Jenkins was hired as a writer for Upscale Magazine, where she later became entertainment editor for the publication. Jenkins’ responsibilities included writing cover stories, editing and writing news for the entertainment column, and covering entertainment events such as the NAACP Awards, The Grammys, The Soul Train Awards, and press junkets around the world. Jenkins has also written free-lance articles for The Atlanta Voice, The Atlanta Tribune, The Atlanta Metro, and The Tennessee Tribune newspapers, and Sophisticate’s Black Hair, YSB, Contempora, Atlanta Christian Family, Excellence, Black Elegance, Gospel Today, Urban Influence and Belle magazines. In 1996 the Atlanta Association of Black Journalist nominated her for a Pioneer Black Journalist Award for her outstanding work as a writer. In addition to Jenkins’ print writing, she transferred her media expertise to the world of electronics during the spring/summer of ’93. She created the weekly industry news segment for “Entertainment Atlanta” – dubbed the first entertainment news program in Atlanta. Jenkins’ debut on-air interview for “Entertainment Atlanta” featured actress Elizabeth Shue from feature films “Back to the Future” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” During the historical 2000 presidential election, Jenkins worked as a video journalist for CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta. She also created a newsletter, Sonya’s Spotlight & Spotlight Entertainment in 1994 and re-launched it as a colorful magazine in 2002. In 2003 Jenkins transferred Sonya’s Spotlight to Season magazine, which had a readership of more than 2 million. She covered national entertainment news and wrote cover stories on Beyoncé, Mary Hart, and Jessica Simpson. Jenkins also worked as a free-lance Red Carpet celebrity correspondent for Atlanta’s WHTV. Her on-air coverage has showcased one-on-one interviews at The BET Awards, The BET Silver Anniversary, and The Trumpet Awards. Jenkins is delighted to bring forth credible, entertaining and inspirational stories that will empower and enlighten readers with Sonya’s Spotlight Web Magazine.