Sonya Doctorian


Sonya Doctorian is an independent producer whose work focuses on short-form documentaries.  Living in Boulder County is a homecoming for Sonya, who was a video journalist for Denver's Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009. The untimely demise of the 150-year-old newspaper propelled her to The Washington Post to work as deputy director of photography, then the Post Magazine's senior photo editor. She has led three photo staffs as director of photography; The St. Petersburg (FL) Times, The State newspaper in Columbia, SC and The Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel. She began her career as a staff photographer at The Tampa (FL) Tribune.

Sonya earned a masters in documentary filmmaking from American University in Washington, DC and a bachelor of journalism from the University of Missouri.

A Coming Out Story 90 Years In The Making

In the isolation of the pandemic, Ken Felts, of Arvada, began writing his memoirs at the age of 90, starting from his birth in Dodge City, Kansas to his time in the Navy. Fifty pages in, painful, yet beautiful memories stopped him in his tracks. As Pride Month comes to a close, we’re re-sharing Ryan’s interview with Ken Felts and Felts’ daughter Rebecca Mayes, recorded in August.