Sonia Rao

Washington, D.C.

Features reporter

Education: Boston University, BS in journalism

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

Fla. reporter fired after calling news release on DeSantis event ‘propaganda’

Ben Montgomery was fired Monday night after a spokesperson for DeSantis tweeted out a photo of his response to a news release the reporter called "propaganda."

March 15, 2023

Oscars 2023: 10 things to know, from a heartwarming comeback story to an excruciating red carpet interview

The Academy Awards were dominated by "Everything Everywhere All at Once," plus the most memorable speeches and cringeworthy red carpet moment.

March 13, 2023

Oscars 2023: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominates, winning seven awards

Live news and analysis from the 2023 Oscars, including red carpet looks, winners and the biggest moments.

March 13, 2023

It’s a tough year to be a donkey in an Oscar-nominated film

In "The Banshees of Inisherin," "Eo" and "Triangle of Sadness," donkeys are witness to the worst humankind has to offer.

March 1, 2023

HBO’s famed ‘Succession’ to end with upcoming fourth season

Jesse Armstrong, creator of HBO's "Succession," said ending the critically acclaimed series with Season 4 would allow it to "go out sort of strong."

February 24, 2023

R. Kelly gets 20 years in second federal trial but largely avoids extra prison time

A Chicago judge on Thursday sentenced R. Kelly to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of child sex abuse, according to the Associated Press. He will serve almost all of it — 19 years — simultaneously with a previous 30-year sentence for crimes in New York, and largely avoid extra prison time.

February 23, 2023

Nipsey Hussle’s killer receives 60 years to life in prison

Eric R. Holder Jr. was found guilty last year of first-degree murder in the 2019 fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

February 22, 2023

Paul Rudd became an Avenger and remained Paul Rudd

The “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” actor opens up about acting, ants and actually aging.

February 16, 2023

The 5 worst Super Bowl commercials, bloated with nostalgia — and Hamm

Too many commercials during Sunday’s Super Bowl leaned on old pop-culture references and came up short on originality.

February 13, 2023

The 5 best Super Bowl ads, from Workday’s rock stars to Affleck’s drive-through

Winners included Amy Schumer's Google Pixel spot and Ram Trucks' frank talk about "premature electrification."

February 13, 2023