Participant Info

Image Description
Reporter wearing NYPD and EDNY press passes drinks coffee from an Anthora cup in a phone booth in Federal Court
Website and social media
twitter/instagram: @sic_sonja
I'm the Westside reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a former instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, though I also write fiction and personal essays. Before I moved to LA in 2019, I worked as an NYPD-credentialed member of the New York City press corps, writing stranger-than-fiction stories of crime and culture for VICE, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice, among others. 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.
Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Fiction, Disability Culture, Disability
Personal Essays, Sensitivity Reading, Radio Appearances, Television Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials
I'm not currently available for reported work (unless it's a book) but I'd love to help where I can, either as an expert or a sensitivity reader.