Image: Reporter wearing an NYPD press pass stands in front of a mirror holding two bags of expressed breast milk, with background of white bathroom tile and a paper towel dispenser.
Contact Sonja: sonjasharp at gmail.com
I'm a crime reporter and an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School by trade, though I also write fiction and personal essays. As a child, I survived a rare autoimmune disease that injured my spinal cord and left me paralyzed from the waist down; longterm sequelae include bone deformities, a grossly impacted gait and neurogenic changes to some internal organs that required surgical intervention and invasive daily procedures to manage. My abled identical twin is also an Ivy League professor who teaches disability literature and medical humanities — we are eager to collaborate on projects about twinship and ableism. I'm a proud #millennialmom.
The Village Voice, March 2016: Five Decades After Roe v. Wade, Doctors Train to Keep Abortion Out of the Shadows
Vice, September 2016: The Story Behind the Teen Mom Arrested with a Dead Baby in Her Bag
Vice, August 2016: How a Paternity Fight Led to a Mass Shooting in a Trailer Park
Sonja is available for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English, Spanish