Sophia is a native of upstate New York. She came to the NewsCenter in 2005 after working as a news reporter at The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia.
She lives in Lawrence and in her spare time enjoys hiking and exploring all that the Lawrence has to offer.
You stick with what works. A year after Kansas University's football team vaulted to its most successful season in decades - with 12 wins and its first Orange Bowl title - Jayhawk fans vow to continue using the lucky rituals and charms they picked up last year.
Police watched over an even larger downtown crowd Monday following the championship game than had turned out to celebrate Saturday's Final Four victory against North Carolina. Nearly 40,000 people came out to celebrate the historic victory.
Lawrence is no longer on Earth. It's on Cloud Nine. "It's unbelievable," said Ryan Owens, manager of Jock's Nitch, 837 Mass. "The buzz - it's electric here in town." The Jayhawks' stomping of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday night drew people to the streets, where a general state of glee continued Sunday.
Productivity slowdown? Things are only picking up at some local businesses these days as employees and customers alike get swept into March Madness.
As sweet as the Kansas University football team's Orange Bowl victory was, the team has bigger goals, coach Mark Mangino reminded fans Saturday.
The thunder inside Allen Fieldhouse grew even more deafening Monday night as Jayhawk fans saluted their seniors.
Alex Schmitthenner's cheeks flushed with anticipation. Members of the Kansas University men's basketball team were coming to visit the second-graders of Corpus Christi Catholic School. And for some, the experience was akin to seeing real superheroes.
There was no time for employees to even put the new Orange Bowl champion shirts on hangers. "We've just lined up the boxes, and people are going through them," Ryan Owens, manager and buyer at Jock's Nitch, said Friday as customers of all ages streamed through the downtown store.
Bob Nelson's 85-year-old body may be slowing, but his handshake is as strong as a vise. It is a grip that reveals the passion of a man widely considered to be one of the greatest sports fans in Kansas University history. "Arguably, there's never been a better Jayhawk fan," men's basketball coach Bill Self said.
Former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough on Monday gave a group of Lawrence tykes what could be their first lesson in how to handle the rival Missouri Tiger.