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Sophia Jones

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia Jones is an Istanbul-based journalist and editor focused on gender and global security. 

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.'

 
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Selected Work

THE MANY DANGERS OF BEING AN AFGHAN WOMAN IN UNIFORM

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.

LIVE, FROM AFGHANISTAN

Glamour Magazine

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. 

 

FOOL’S GOLD

SIERRA Magazine

In Ghana’s breadbasket, women battle a Colorado mining giant for land and livelihood.

WEDDED TO ISIS

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?

WHEN RUSSIAN TROLLS ATTACK

WIRED's Backchannel

Russian women are fighting back against fighting back against Russia’s Kremlin-influenced trolling machine.

AFGHANS HAUNTED BY US STIKES ON MSF HOSPITAL WANT THE TRUTH, NOT MONEY AND APOLOGIES

HuffPost

Six months after the attack that killed 42 Afghan civilians, the U.S. military’s lack of transparency is still hurting Afghans

 

AFGHANISTAN AND GENDER EQUALITY LIES

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? 

HOW SOCIAL CONSERVATISM FUELD RUSSIA'S HIV EPIDEMIC

Politico Magazine

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. 

A THOUSAND MILES IN THEIR SHOES

HuffPost

On the road with Syrian refugees from Turkey all the way to Germany. 

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Email: sophia.marie.jones@gmail.com  sophia@fullerproject.org

Twitter: @sophia_mjones

Skype: sophiamariejones