Sonya Heitshusen


13 fascinating facts about Sonya Heitshusen:
• I interviewed Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson aboard their tour bus.
• I have a crush on Sean Connery
• I took a self defense class and used the "fake to the face, knee to the groin" move to fight off a would-be attacker in London.
• I have gone sky-diving.
• I have completed multiple marathons and triathlons.
• The worst job I ever had: Toss up between de-tasseling and being a maid.
• I was a wrestling cheerleader in high school.
• I can still do the splits.
• My most embarrassing moment on the air: Saying the entire name of female impersonator "Dixie Longate" repeatedly, without getting the joke until AFTER the news.
• I slept in a car with a photographer for four nights while covering hurricane Katrina.
• I have a voodoo doll on my desk.
• I was a biology and art major before earning a degree in journalism.
• Some of my favorite artists: Van Gogh, Munch, Pollock and De Kooning

Sonya Heitshusen grew up in eastern Iowa, near the Amana Colonies. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from 1985 to 1987; The University of London in London England in 1988; and Iowa State University from 1989 to 1992.

Sonya earned her Bachelors of Science in 1992, majoring in journalism with an emphasis in electronic media studies and a minor in speech.

Sonya is a recognized figure for her work in the Des Moines television media as well as for her work in the Des Moines community. She worked as a reporter and anchor for ABC affiliate WOI-TV from 1991 to 2001.

In 2001 she left to pursue a different career path unrelated to media. However, it was not long before she realized that journalism was a strong portion of her life and felt the urge to return. "There is nothing like the daily adrenaline rush you get from working in a newsroom." Sonya said. Now she reports and anchors for Channel 13 News at 5.

Actively involved in the community, Sonya has participated in events with: Variety Club, Big Brothers - Big Sisters, Ankeny YMCA Board of Directors, The American Diabetes Association, the Governor's Conference on Aging and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Sonya has won five Emmy's and received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. She has also received multiple awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Assoc., IBNA and Associated Press.

In her spare time, Sonya enjoys running and exercise in general. She has completed several marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys drawing, painting and literature.

Recent Articles

  • TWO INJURED: Train Hits Boom Truck

    Posted on: 3:14 pm, December 9, 2013, by and , updated on: 08:29pm, December 9, 2013

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  • BACKGROUND CHECKS: DMPS Policy Questioned

    Posted on: 5:19 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 10:41pm, November 19, 2013

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  • AUTISM COVERAGE: Dispute Being Resolved

    Posted on: 9:57 pm, November 18, 2013, by , updated on: 10:19pm, November 18, 2013

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  • TRIAL BY FIRE: Firefighting Test Debate

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, November 12, 2013, by , updated on: 03:15pm, November 13, 2013

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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Firefighter Training

    Posted on: 5:40 pm, November 12, 2013, by

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  • INSURANCE ISSUES: Autism Coverage In Limbo

    Posted on: 10:58 pm, November 5, 2013, by

    Landon DeLisi is an exceptional boy. Like any mother, Melissa DeLisi kept track of his milestones. “When he was two...
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  • WEEKLY WORKOUT: Resistance Training For Seniors

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    As we age, we lose muscle mass, which is one reason personal trainer, Irene McCormick says resistance training is key....
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