Through Sophia's reporting on women's role in peace and conflict, she explores how gender dynamics shape our world today, highlighting women's often under-covered stories on and beyond the battlefield.
She leads a global team of reporters and visual storytellers at the Fuller Project, a journalism nonprofit reporting on key issues impacting women around the world. Their mission: to amplify women's voices, dig deep through research and reporting, and produce hard-hitting journalism on under-covered gender issues shaping our world today.
Prior to joining the Fuller Project, Sophia served as HuffPost's Middle East correspondent from 2013-2016, reporting on everything from the Islamic State's rapid expansion across Iraq and Syria to one Afghan woman's quest for happiness after her husband cut off her nose.
She has written and reported for The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Politico, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, NPR, Public Radio International, Elle, Glamour Magazine, SIERRA Magazine, WIRED'S Backchannel, HuffPost, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Reuters and others. She was a 2017 grantee with the Fund for Investigative Journalism, European Journalism Centre, and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Sophia has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, South Africa, Ghana, Greece, Russia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany and the United States.
She's traveled the refugee trail from Turkey to Germany with Syrian refugees, hiked a mountain in Kabul with female Afghan mountaineers and embedded with a bomb squad defusing IEDs by hand in Iraq to get to the heart of the story.
Sophia is available for speaking engagements. She's led panel discussions on women and journalism at the Newseum in DC, and at SXSW in Austin. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and Al Jazeera America to discuss her work.
She is certified in battlefield medical aid and trained to report in conflict zones.
Follow Sophia on Twitter at @sophia_mjones. Shoot her an email about collaboration, speaking engagements, story ideas, or to just say, 'hi.'
The New York Times Magazine
Inside the expensive and controversial US-led NATO mission to recruit and support Afghan women in uniform, and keep them alive.
The first-ever all-female TV news station there runs a lot like any station in the U.S., with one big exception: These journalists are risking their lives.
In Ghana’s breadbasket, women battle a Colorado mining giant for land and livelihood.
Marie Claire Magazine
Now that the Islamic State has lost its militant group on Iraq, what will become of the women being punished for their husbands’ crimes?
Russian women are fighting back against fighting back against Russia’s Kremlin-influenced trolling machine.
Six months after the attack that killed 42 Afghan civilians, the U.S. military’s lack of transparency is still hurting Afghans
The New York Times
What if Afghan women don’t need rescuing? What if, instead, the US better supported them while they rebuild their own country?
Putin turned to the Orthodox Church to help consolidate his rule. And the Church cracked down on sensible approaches to sexually transmitted diseases. Now, Russia has a crisis on its hands.
On the road with Syrian refugees from Turkey all the way to Germany.