Sonja Sharp

Reporter/Producer @sovietsonja

Sonja Sharp is a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.

Before joining DNAinfo, Sonja ran a hyperlocal news site in the working-class suburbs of Oakland, Calif., where she produced investigative series while hanging out with ex-gang-banger urban farmers and pregnant 14-year-olds.

Sonja got her start in journalism covering crime for U.C. Berkeley’s award-winning Daily Californian. She moved to New York City after graduating with a degree in History and Spanish Literature in 2008, reporting Brooklyn for the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Queens for the Daily News. Her stories of kibbitzing with Yiddish-speaking hipsters, poring over Nigerian gossip rags in Queens, braving toilets at JFK’s Central Taxi Hold and downing shots of 192-proof liquor with Lubavitchers in Brooklyn have also appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Huffington Post and Mother Jones magazine.

Sonja lives with her husband, a mad scientist and entrepreneur, in Crown Heights.

Fun Fact: While living in a commune in Berkeley, Sonja rocked coveralls and used a diamond-tipped buzzsaw while making experimental pavement for the California Transportation Authority.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

February 7, 2014

Printmakers Celebrate Grand Opening of Classon Ave. Artists Collective

Crown Heights' new Shoestring Press printmaking collective will fête its opening on Saturday.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

February 5, 2014

'Artisanal' Pizzeria Planned for Prospect Heights

The Park Slope pair behind Bar Toto plans to open Ogliastro, a new pizzeria on Washington Avenue.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

February 4, 2014

Man Fatally Shoots Friend's Dog During Fight Over Money, Police Say

Mark McLeod, 33, killed his friend's pit bull and accidentally shot himself in the neck, police said.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

February 3, 2014

Affordable Housing to Replace Shuttered Kings County Hospital Psych Ward

Affordable housing developer CAMBA plans to replace Kings County Hospital's G-Building with apartments.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

January 30, 2014

12 Arrested in Crown Heights Crack Ring Bust, DA Says

A dozen people were charged with selling crack cocaine, heroin and generic Xanax to undercover officers.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

January 29, 2014

Artisanal Manufacturing Space Planned for Atlantic Avenue Warehouse

A former auto parts warehouse will become a shared workspace for light manufacturers in Crown Heights.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

January 29, 2014

Lobster Rolls and Whiskey Coming to Flatbush Avenue Gastropub

Kalkin Narvilas, who owns Italian eatery Cent'Anni in Crown Heights, is planning a new gastropub.

Crown Heights & Prospect Heights »

January 22, 2014

Free Flu Vaccines Offered in Crown Heights as Flu Season Peaks

The city will give out free flu shots in Crown Heights Saturday to boost vaccination rates.