Sonja Sharp

Sonja Sharp is a New York City crime reporter and an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, VICE, and the New York Observer and author of the forthcoming novel,  The Butcher of Borough Park.

Brett Kavanaugh

Where the Idea of False Rape Accusations Really Comes From

Donald Trump and his Adult Son keep trying to foment a #MeToo backlash. Shocker: They're lying.
Sonja Sharp
10.4.18
school

These Schools Are Taking Action to Keep ICE Out of the Classroom

Some loudly proclaim their "sanctuary" status. Others just quietly try to help kids learn how to avoid the feds.
Sonja Sharp
10.2.18
true crime

Murdered YouTube Star Played a Gangster But Was a 'Teddy Bear' In Real Life

"It's such a shock to all of us, because this is not who we are," a fellow '848' cast member said.
Sonja Sharp
6.13.18
true crime

Why Brutal Domestic Violence Is Dismissed as 'Role Play'

Disgraced ex-NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman masqueraded as feminist and suggested he just liked weird sex. Neither was the truth.
Sonja Sharp
5.9.18
crime

This State Made It Easier for Judges to Keep Domestic Abusers Off the Street

A seemingly obscure rule change in Arizona last week could help reshape how "lethality assessments" are used across America.
Sonja Sharp
4.10.18
crime

An NYPD Cop Explains How Police Interactions with the Mentally Ill Go Wrong

We caught up with a Brooklyn cop about the tragic killing of Saheed Vassell. Obviously race is in play in cases like this one, but the officer also had harsh words for NYPD training on mental illness.
Sonja Sharp
4.5.18
politics

We Know Student Walkouts Can Change America Because They Have Before

As Parkland survivors and student activists geared up for a nationwide walkout, veterans of past protests put the moment in perspective.
Sonja Sharp
3.14.18
Homelessness

What It's Like to Rebound as a Young, Homeless Mother

With affordable housing facing a crunch under Trump, it's harder than ever for young families to cope. Still, some find the support they need.
Sonja Sharp
2.21.18
crime

A Grisly New Year's Killing Shows How Little We Know About Murder-Suicides

After a 26-year-old mother was stabbed to death and her husband found hanging from a tree, experts and advocates pointed to glaring cracks in the system.
Sonja Sharp
1.18.18
sexual assault

How #MeToo Could Put Powerful Sexual Predators in Prison

So far the fallout from a national outcry over sexual harassment and assault has mostly been damaging to reputations and careers. What about prosecution?
Sonja Sharp
11.16.17
terrorism

Uzbek Muslims Are Living in Fear After the New York Terrorist Attack

New to the city and relatively unknown even to other Muslims, this growing community is already experiencing a backlash.
Sonja Sharp
11.2.17
cops

Two Cops Got Charged with Rape After a Teen's Desperate Public Plea

The 18-year-old woman has long said two NYPD detectives kidnapped her in the back of an unmarked police van. But her social media posts are being used against her.
Sonja Sharp
10.30.17
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