Journalism

Here are some stories I've written for the Guardian, BBC online, the Independent, AlJazeera America, the Daily Telegraph, the BBC, the Atlantic, Reuters and others.

I worked as a correspondent for Reuters in Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Paris and at the Beijing Olympics before leaving the news agency to focus on writing longer features and novels. I am available for freelance work and can conduct interviews in (and translate from) German, Italian, Spanish and French - please contact me at sophie at sophiehardach dot com.


Why Constable's striking rainbow may carry a hidden message (BBC Britain, March 2017)
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170321-why-this-striking-rainbow-may-carry-a-hidden-message


How populism taps into the human desire for punishment - a psychologist explains (World Economic Forum, January 2017)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/01/how-populism-taps-into-the-human-desire-for-punishment


Can mayonnaise cure infertility? A controversial treatment has divided medical professionals (The Guardian, November 2016)
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/12/can-mayonnaise-cure-infertility



Grow your own bones to heal without a graft
(World Economic Forum, June 2016)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/q-a-grow-your-own-bones-to-heal-without-a-graft



How the roots of living plants can power your wifi (World Economic Forum, June 2016)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/q-a-how-the-roots-of-living-plants-can-power-your-wifi 
 

Black holes explained, by the woman who detected Einstein's gravitational waves (World Economic Forum, June 2016)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/06/q-a-watching-the-dance-as-two-black-holes-collide-fb3148ec-9489-4fe7-b17a-2f46843e9b92



Unseen City: Martin Parr reveals the City's Secrets (BBC Culture, March 2016)
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160301-unseen-city-martin-parr-reveals-the-square-miles-secrets


 Why are these Masterpieces at Risk? (BBC Culture, February 2016)
 http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160208-why-are-these-masterpieces-at-risk



London calling: English-speaking Syrians see UK as multicultural haven
(AlJazeera, November 2015)
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/29/london-calling-english-speaking-syrian-refugees-to-multicultural-haven.html



How the Thames was brought back from the dead 
(BBC Earth, November 2015)
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151111-how-the-river-thames-was-brought-back-from-the-dead?ocid=fbbrt

The surprising secrets of busting art forgeries
(BBC Culture, October 2015)
 http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151015-the-surprising-secrets-of-busting-art-forgeries



Middle-class Syrian refugees start back at square one in Germany 
(AlJazeera, October 2015)


 The refugees housed at Dachau: 'Where else should I live?' (The Guardian, September 2015) 
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/19/the-refugees-who-live-at-dachau


British grass-roots groups step up aid to refugees while government stalls (AlJazeera, September 2015)


The refugee mothers who risk it all to take their babies to safety (AlJazeera, September 2015)
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/9/13/the-refugee-women-who-risk-it-all-to-reach-germany.html


"Germany is my mother and my father." Three Syrians who've made a new life in the West (The Independent, September 2015)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-crisis-three-stories-from-syrians-who-have-made-a-new-life-in-the-west-10497136.html


10,000 refugees reach Munich and are greeted with food, water and teddy bears (The Independent, September 2015)


A bat mitzvah at 90? Why it's never too late to come of age (The Guardian, July 2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/18/a-batmitzvah-when-youre-older-can-feel-like-coming-home


The spies who loved me: 25 years after German reunification, East Germans who were children and teens in the Stasi system confront their parents' role  (The Guardian, July 2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/09/the-spies-who-loved-me-my-dad-the-stasi-agent


 Newsnight (March 2014), BBC World (April 2014)

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 How Germans have fallen back in love with Hitler (Daily Telegraph, March 2014)
(Note: I'm not a huge fan of the headline. More on that here.)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10690204/How-Germans-have-fallen-back-in-love-with-Hitler.html

Art Theft: The Last Unsolved Nazi Crime (The Atlantic, Nov 2013)
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/11/art-theft-the-last-unsolved-nazi-crime/281566/

Same-Same, but different: At last, a Booker Prize that reflects modern Britain (The Atlantic, Sept 2013)
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/09/of-course-the-booker-prize-should-get-more-inclusive-because-english-has/279906/

Professor, You're Dividing My Nation (The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2013)
http://chronicle.com/article/Professor-Youre-Dividing-My/139893/

A tug-of-war over Brecht, money and management (The Guardian, January 2013)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/25/tug-of-war-german-publisher

From Kafka With Fear (Daily Telegraph, Dec 2012)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9727907/From-Kafka-with-fear.html

The Book of Liz (Daily Telegraph, Dec 2012)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9740879/Liz-Mohn-the-woman-behind-Penguin-Random-House.html

France joins race to digitize world's books (Reuters Paris, 2010)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/21/us-france-books-idUSTRE60K01H20100121

In France's jails, a toxic mix of grime and despair (Reuters Paris, 2009)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/09/23/us-france-prisons-idUSTRE58M37S20090923

French row over burqa ban unveils contradictions (Reuters Paris, 2009)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/07/13/us-france-veil-idUSTRE56C00T20090713

Angry French graduates wage battle for jobs (Reuters Paris, 2009)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/04/27/uk-france-youth-idUKTRE53Q19520090427

Snapshot Beijng: Matthias Steiner (Reuters Beijing, 2008)
http://blogs.reuters.com/china/2008/08/24/snapshot-beijing-2-matthias-steiner

Beijing Olympics - Weightlifting - Grieving Steiner wins Gold (Reuters Beijing, 2008)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/08/19/idINIndia-35083120080819

Japanese find sleep, shelter in cyber cafes (Reuters Tokyo, 2007) http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/05/07/us-japan-cyberhome-idUST34112620070507

Japan's childless turn to canines (Reuters Tokyo, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/08/27/us-japan-dogs-idUST33496920070827

Taste of heaven: Manga spreads "Drops of God" in Asia (Reuters Tokyo, 2007)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/04/idUST29578320070604

What to do with a captured pirate? (Reuters Paris, 2009)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/05/26/idUKLF303912


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