Sonia Rao

Washington, D.C.

Pop culture reporter

Education: Boston University, BS in journalism

Sonia Rao is a pop culture reporter in The Washington Post's Features department. She attended Boston University and wrote for the Boston Globe before joining The Post in 2017.
Latest from Sonia Rao

Emmy nominations 2022: ‘Succession’ earns most nods; ‘Squid Game’ makes history

"Abbott Elementary," "Only Murders in the Building" and "Dopesick" also dominated the Emmy nominations. Follow along for our live coverage.

July 12, 2022

Lea Michele to replace Beanie Feldstein in Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’

Lea Michele, a known Barbra Streisand superfan, was previously rumored to take over for Beanie Feldstein, who started playing Fanny Brice in April.

July 11, 2022

Court rejects Roy Moore’s defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

Siding with Sacha Baron Cohen over Roy Moore, the court argued that the "Who Is America?" segment in question "was clearly comedy."

July 8, 2022

Former ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris gets 12 years in child pornography case

"Cheer" breakout star Jerry Harris apologized in court to his victims for "all the trauma my abuse has caused you."

July 7, 2022

Nipsey Hussle shooter found guilty of first-degree murder

Eric R. Holder Jr.'s lawyer argued his client shot and killed Nipsey Hussle in the "heat of passion."

July 6, 2022

How Baz Luhrmann depicts Elvis’s contested ties to Black artistry

"You can’t tell the story of Elvis Presley without telling the story of Black American rhythm and blues,” said "Elvis" director Baz Luhrmann.

June 24, 2022

Kim Kardashian did not damage Marilyn Monroe’s dress, Ripley’s says

After Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's gown to climb the Met Gala steps, a Ripley's executive said "the dress was in the same condition it started in."

June 17, 2022

Kevin Spacey appears in U.K. court to face sexual assault charges

One of Spacey’s attorneys, Patrick Gibbs, told the court, “Mr. Spacey strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case.”

June 16, 2022

Amber Heard says she harbors no ‘ill will’ toward Johnny Depp

Amber Heard also told "Today" after losing the defamation trial against Johnny Depp that she fears “every step that I take will present another opportunity for this sort of silencing.”

June 15, 2022

Amber Heard says social media frenzy surrounding trial was not ‘fair’

Amber Heard, who lost in ex-husband Johnny Depp's defamation trial against her, said on "Today" that social media clearly favored him.

June 13, 2022