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.

Late Capitalism

LA Teachers Are Helping Kids Learn Even as They're Striking

Some parents have no choice but to send their kids to school, even if they support the strike. But teachers and parents are also setting up co-ops to keep things moving.
Sonja Sharp
1.16.19
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
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
Know Your Rights

What to Do if ICE Comes to Your Door

New videos from Brooklyn Defender Services and the ACLU offer guidance on worst-case scenarios for undocumented people.
Sonja Sharp
3.27.18
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
terrorism

Immigrants Are Nervous About What's Next After the Terror Attack

The Bangladeshi community in Brooklyn was buzzing with anxiety about Trump's immigration policies and a possible crackdown after the failed subway bombing.
Sonja Sharp
12.12.17
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