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Sophie Hurwitz

Sophie Hurwitz

Sophie Hurwitz is a reporter from St. Louis. A recent graduate of Wellesley College, she focuses on historically-rooted solutions journalism. She currently works as an education and criminal justice system reporter for the St. Louis American, and is a former fellow with New Voices Magazine and the Jewish Women's Archive.

St. Louis asks appeals court to force protestor to pay attorney fees for suing police

By: and - October 5, 2021

An attorney for the city of St. Louis argued in court Tuesday that a woman who sued a police officer for excessive force must pay $57,000 in attorneys fees the city spent on the case. Kristine “Kris” Hendrix filed a lawsuit in 2017 claiming that two St. Louis officers used excessive force, tasing her repeatedly […]

Missouri students head back to the classroom in the shadow of the Delta surge

By: , and - August 24, 2021

Fourth graders Addison, Reagan and Lauren Harper are no strangers to catastrophes or challenging circumstances.  Five days after they were born in May 2011, a tornado swept through Joplin and leveled their home, destroying a chance at normalcy for their family — along with the entire community — for a long time.  Ten years later, […]

After 30 years, Missouri reforms HIV transmission criminalization law

By: - August 5, 2021

Six years ago, college student Michael Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a St. Charles County judge for “recklessly exposing” his sexual partners to HIV. Five and a half years into that sentence, he was released in 2019 after outcry around his case brought a national spotlight to Missouri’s laws criminalizing HIV […]