Sonja Sohn

Actor/Activist

CEO

reWIRED for Change

Sonja Sohn is an actress and poet. She is best known for her roles as Detective Kima Greggs on the HBO drama The Wire and Detective Samantha Baker on the ABC series Body of Proof. She wrote and starred in Slam (1998) which won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival. She also has appeared in films such as Shaft (2000), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Perfume (2001), G (2002), The Killing Zone (2003), and Step Up 2 the Streets (2008). On television, she has also appeared on Brothers & Sisters,The Good Wife, Bar Karma, Burn Notice, The Originals, and Last Week tonight with John Oliver. She won the supporting television actress award at the 2008 Asian Excellence Awards for her character on The Wire. Sohn was an acclaimed slam poet before she was an actress, performing across the United States and in Europe.

Sohn is the founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based reWIRED for Change, an outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk youth involved in criminal activity. The program is run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool, encouraging the participants to examine and query their lives and past actions. Other actors and writers involved with The Wire serve as board members. In 2011, she was presented with the Woman of the Year award from the Harvard Black Men's Forum.