Sonja Gruber is an editor in the business department with the Vienna-based Austria Press Agency (APA) and is a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for Journalism at Oxford University for the 2014 Michaelmas term.
At APA her duties range from financial reporting and writing background stories to managing the news desk. Additionally she specialises in the gambling industry and business crimes.
Sonja began her career as a freelance editorial assistant in different departments at APA. She gained first journalistic insights in APA’s miscellaneous department, where she, amongst others, covered the European Football Championship that took place in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and the Fritzl incest case. In September 2008 she switched to APA’s business department.
In 2013 Sonja was appointed to the post of APA’s exchange correspondent in Brussels, where she reported on several councils (ministers, head of states) and parliament sessions in Strasbourg. She got in touch with major political and economic players of the European Union.
In 2011 Sonja was awarded “30 under 30” by Austrian magazine “Der österreichische journalist” (The Austrian journalist).
Sonja holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and a Master of Arts degree in communication science from the University of Vienna. Her master thesis was on gender, race and bodies on the net, tracing discourses on the question how the internet can or cannot enable the dissolution of the axes of difference. Previous research papers in the framework of her studies also included the intertwinings of power and media.