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Sonja Gantt returned to Charlotte from Chicago in 1997 and currently serves as the lead anchor for the hour-long 4 p.m. newscast, as well as co-anchor of the 6 p.m. show with Dave Wagner.

"Being a witness to Charlotte's growth over the years provides me with a different perspective, and I believe it helps me put the news in context. I also enjoy being held accountable by neighbors and teachers who watched me grow up. It's a wonderful and incredible opportunity."

E-Mail: sgantt@wcnc.com

Her reporting background includes many years of focusing on health issues. She's been recognized with awards from local chapters of The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2011 Sonja won a MidSouth Regional Emmy award for "Forgiveness and Regret: The Rae Carruth Case 10 Years Later", two stories that profiled the youngest victim and the man who pulled the trigger in a murder case that put Charlotte in the national spotlight.

Previously, Sonja was the co-anchor of Chicago superstation WGN's morning news and the station's medical reporter. She joined WGN in 1993 as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Before heading to the Windy City, Sonja was the health reporter for WBTV in Charlotte. She launched her career as a general assignment reporter for WBTW-TV in Florence, South Carolina.

When she is not working, you may find her visiting schools, working in her church or training for half marathons.

She previously served on the board of directors of Florence Crittenton Services.

Sonja earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the daughter of former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt. Sonja and her husband, Mitch, have two children and reside in Charlotte.

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