Sonya Angelica Diehn completed her bachelor of arts in linguistics and fine arts at Pitzer College (Claremont, Calif.) in 1998. She returned to her Arizona hometown of Tucson in 1999 to advocate for environmental protection and sustainability, inform the public about the impacts of globalization, and work on alternative media projects. In September of 2000, she cofounded the Arizona Independent Media Center, where she volunteered for four years producing independent media and helping coordinate the editorial group. She became a member of Tucson nonprofit video production company Pan Left Productions since 2001, and released three solo documentary videos.
In April of 2004, Sonya left Tucson and her five-year position with the Center for Biological Diversity to travel in South America for fifteen months. In her journey she continued to produce progressive independent video and work as a journalist.
Upon returning to Tucson, Sonya worked as a reporter, bureau chief and environmental editor for the Courthouse News Service. After some years she relocated to Germany, where she continued to work for the Courthouse News Service as a European correspondent while attending the master's program in International Media Studies at the Deutsche Welle Academy in Bonn. She wrote her master's thesis on Web 2.0 and democracy, graduating in 2012.
Sonya continues to live in Germany, freelancing in writing, media, translation and educational projects, including for the United Nations and Deutsche Welle – Germany’s international broadcaster. Her journalistic beats include science/technology, environment and social justice/human rights.