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Sofiya Ballin

2016 Speaker

SOFIYA BALLIN is a features reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She began her writing career at age 17, crafting personal stories about growing up natural for natural hair website, The Coil Review. An award-winning journalist at Temple University, she also reported and edited for JUMP Philly music magazine, contributed pieces to, became a blogger for Huffington Post, interned at the Philadelphia Daily News, and freelanced for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ballin joined the Inquirer’s features staff in 2014 after graduation. During her short tenure, she has interviewed mainstream artists and introduced readers to up-and-coming talents, written about trends such as cuffing season and the emergence of Black Twitter, covered major news events such as local Ferguson and Baltimore protests, photographed and produced digital fashion features, and contributed opinion pieces that speak to the millennial soul. Ballin aims to humanize all walks of life through mentorship and her work. @sofiyaballin