|Birth Hometown||Newport News, Virginia|
Sonja Sohn is an American actress and community activist. She is best known for her role as Detective Kima Greggs on the hit HBO drama The Wire, which has led to her current work as the leader of the Baltimore community initiative ReWired for Change.
She is currently portraying Detective Samantha Baker on Body of Proof.
Sohn is of East African and Korean heritage. Before she was an actress, Sohn was a slam poet, having written lyrics and co-written the script for the film Slam. Through the five seasons of the HBO series The Wire, she held a starring role as Detective Kima Greggs. She has also guest starred on many episodes of Cold Case as Toni Halstead, the love interest of starring character Nick Vera. Sohn won the supporting TV actress award at the 2003 Asian Excellence Awards for her character on The Wire.
Previously involved in political activism (she campaigned in North Carolina in support of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid), Sohn took a break from acting in 2009 to concentrate on social issues. She is the founder and CEO of the Baltimore-based reWIRED for Change, an outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk youth involved in criminal activity. The program is run out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool, encouraging the participants to examine and query their lives and past actions. Other actors and writers involved with The Wire serve as board members.