Sophie Wilkinson is a journalist, copywriter, researcher and public speaker.
Beginning her career writing for youth and women's digital brands such as The Debrief, i-D and VICE, she now covers a broad range of topics such as society, crime, entertainment, politics and women’s rights. Her work has been published and broadcast in The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Grazia, Stylist, Refinery29, Grazia, Private Eye, Channel 4 News, Politico, Vogue, The Telegraph and ES Magazine.
She has led exclusive investigations that create real impact, including: a story where an staff member alleged an MP had sexually harassed her, leading to him announcing his intention to resign, a story of a TV producer being accused by 11 women of misconduct and assault and a story of how few MPs attended anti-harassment training leading to half of the cabinet and the Prime Minister signing up to attend the training.
She spent the year to May 2022 as Senior Researcher at the Center for Countering Digital Hate where she monitored and analysed misinformation and identity-based hate, building on methodologies of qualitative and quantitative data collection to produce agenda-setting briefings, notes and reports. The Hidden Hate report into misogyny sent to high profile women via Instagram Direct Message directly influenced the second reading of the Online Safety Bill, with mentions of the findings she’d uncovered from both from the government and opposition benches.
Alongside this work, she is adept at copywriting branded content, marketing and advertising copy for B2C broadcast, digital and print campaigns.
She is a confident and witty public speaker available for broadcast and live appearances, having appeared on the BBC, LBC, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, ITV and as a talking head in a series of documentaries about various pop stars. She lives in East London with her ginger hair.