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Emmy Awards: Sonya has received two Emmys- one for hosting the Sonya Hamlin show and one
for writing, filming and directing her innovative documentary China :A Different Path.
Produced and hosted first evening series on the arts
on commercial television -- WHDH-TV Boston
Created, wrote, choreographed and hosted Meet the Arts
on WGBH-TV PBS (Presented in U.S. schools for 14 years)
First Cultural reporter on the nightly news in the U.S.
on WBZ-TV Boston
- An educational series for young people introducing all the arts and a history of Western
- Represented the United States and won The Japan Prize - international educational
television competition. First win for the U.S
First woman host of her own daily issues-oriented talk show
- Ongoing reports on the nightly news about all cultural events and reports on the
aesthetics of our lives in the greater Boston and New England area. Ohio State
University Award for "original, unique and beautiful cultural programming".
The Sonya Hamlin Show on WBZ TV Boston was a ground-breaking, innovative program
dealing with women's issues, politics, current events, scientific discoveries, work, culture,
human concerns etc.
Many Firsts For This Show:
Awards related to Television
- Hired an all- woman staff including producer and director- first in TV.
- First to introduce the ground-breaking books and articles which formed basis for the
nation's women's movement.
- Exclusive launch of Ms. Magazine, the first serious periodical about the women's
movement's, the week before its first publication.
- Earliest discussions about women in the work force and alternative ways of working-i.e.-
flex-time, shared jobs, four day work week, maternity and paternity leave, child and
elder care at work
- First- ever broadcast of a natural childbirth after following a pregnant woman
throughout her pregnancy. Covered psychological and physiological issues around
child-bearing, parenting, sibling rivalry, changes in marital relationship, fathering,
grandparenting. Effect of this series was feedback from thousands who then had the
courage to try natural childbirth and to gain insight into the whole process of
parenting as a result of this series.
- Followed a group of overweight and obese people for a year, watching their struggle to
lose weight, understanding psychological aspects, gaining insight through intimate
personal stories, and exposing audience to first- ever serious on-air study of these
- Co-hosted first-ever Women's Conference in South America (in Colombia). Dealt with
women's issues in health, education, communication, labor, economics, opportunities for
advancement and examples from the United States. Brought 10 noted U.S. women experts to
discuss these subjects.
CHINA: A DIFFERENT PATH - documentary television film
- Only New England Broadcaster's Award for outstanding achievement ever given to a woman
- Mayor Kevin White declared "Sonya Hamlin Day" in celebration of her various
- Boston University's Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center archives all of Sonya
- Emmy nomination for hosting "Sunday Open House" weekly magazine series, WCVB-TV Boston.
- Emmy nomination for producing "CHINA: A DIFFERENT PATH" - a television documentary film
written, produced, filmed and presented by Sonya Hamlin.
Launching of Lifetime cable network
- Invited by People's Republic of China to spend month making documentary film about life
in China: cultural institutions, political beliefs, prison and education systems,
children's community centers.
- Produced, written, edited, and presented by Sonya Hamlin. Hamlin personally filmed and
recorded the sound track in China and narrated it.
Pioneer in the field of jury and trial consulting
- Speak Up and Listen: written, directed and hosted by Sonya Hamlin, one of
several TV personalities chosen to launch the "Lifetime" network.
- Insights into how and why people communicate as they do, where they get stuck in
relationships, work and family dealings. New techniques explored.
Hamlin created a course: "Communication in the Courtroom" at the Harvard Law School. Never
taught before, this launched a new field of jury and trial consulting - non-lawyer experts
helping lawyers on communication issues, witness preparation, and developing demonstrative
Hamlin's focus has made an impact on the jury system by focusing on the difficulty of jurors
relating to legal procedure and complex technical issues in a trial. Hamlin has created new ways
for litigators to understand and respond to what jurors need.
First non-lawyer on many law faculties.
Television commentator and contributor for law, communication, political and media issues
on television networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox). Analyzed famous cases such as O.J.Simpson,
Oklahoma City bomber, Clinton Impeachment trial, Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart etc. Analysis
and discussion of jury responses, verbal and body language components, innate prejudices, lawyer
performance, television techniques and images etc.
- Institute for Trial Advocacy. Served for 15 years.
- On faculty of American Bar Association, American Law Institute of the American Bar
Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, International College of
Trial Advocates, American Academy of Trial Lawyers, many Appellate Judges' Circuit
Conferences, Federal Judicial Center, National Conference of Women Judges, Association
of the Bar of the City of New York, Bar Associations of most states in U.S.
- Four-time seminar presenter at Oxford University U.K.- program for Barristers and
- Faculty of U.S. Attorney General's Advocacy Institute
- Visiting Lecturer at Law Schools: Boston University, University of California,
University of Colorado, Harvard University, University of Houston, John Jay College of
Criminal Justice, University of Michigan, New York University
University Course Teaching
- Radcliffe Dance Department- Chairman. Daily modern dance classes in technique and
choregraphy; director/choreographer Radcliffe Dance Group
- Harvard Graduate School of Education - communication and persuasion to graduate students
who wished to lobby committees and boards for educational change. Adjunct lecturer
- Boston University Medical School - courses on The Doctor-Patient Relationship as well as
On Death and Dying- interviewing and communication skills. Adjunct associate professor
- Harvard Law School- Communication in the Courtroom - lecturing plus individual sessions
with each student re performance, organization, effects on jury, solving individual
communication problems. Adjunct lecturer
- Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University - Politics and the media. Communication
and writing skills. Understanding audience needs. Adjunct lecturer
- Boston University School of Communication - courses in aesthetics and creativity .
- Meet the Arts : Text and workbook to accompany Meet the Arts
television series. 21 inch Classroom-publisher.
- What Makes Juries Listen - Groundbreaking book for attorneys on courtroom
communication. Plus audio tape series. 10 printings. Harcourt Brace Law and Business
- How to Talk so People Listen; the real key to job success - skills and
strategies for communication at work from many points of view-understanding the needs
and issues of workers, staff, management, entrepreneurs, clients. 10 printings over 15
years in U.S. and seven foreign countries. HarperCollins. 1988
- What Makes Juries Listen Today - What has happened to today's juries
culturally, educationally and communicationally; what new techniques are needed to reach
them now. 800 pages, illustrated. Plus 10 part audio tape/CD series . West Publishing.
- How to Talk So People Listen: Connecting in Today's Workplace - The old
forms of communication -- talking and listening-are becoming obsolete, courtesy of our
all our technological options. But you can't explain, persuade or sell anything-- your
ideas, your product, your services, yourself -- without personally presenting it and
getting others to listen. This latest book gives techniques for communicating in today's
workplace. HarperCollins. Pub.2006
- Numerous articles for American Bar Association magazine; Litigation
- On-line series about Communicating at Work for OXYGEN cable network.