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
10.3.18
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

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
1.17.18
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
Charlottesville

What Cops Should Do When Neo-Nazis Come to Town

Police are taking heat after a woman was killed and many more injured in Charlottesville. We asked experts how to prevent another tragedy next time.
Sonja Sharp
8.17.17
crime

The War on Human Trafficking Looks a Lot Like the War on Sex Work

Advocates say vice squads around the country are still targeting sex workers despite an infusion of federal cash and hyped plans to stamp out trafficking.
Sonja Sharp
7.10.17
immigration

The Lawyers Trying to Get Their Clients Sent to Jail

Public defenders in New York City are actually trying to get immigrant clients sent to Rikers to avoid the feds—and deportation.
Sonja Sharp
7.4.17
crime

Bill Cosby's Trial Is Already Showing How Twisted America Is

The disgraced comedian's sexual assault trial has barely started, and it's already revealed the bizarre way in which juries are selected and justice gets meted out.
Sonja Sharp
5.24.17
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