Sonia Sharma

Sonia Sharma

Sonia Sharma is our district reporter for North Tyneside and South Shields, and has been with us since 2002. She also reviews Bollywood films.

All Stories

Gateshead cancer survivor, Sarah Doick

Cancer survivor Sarah Doick urges women to sign up for Race for Life in Newcastle

Skin cancer survivor Sarah Doick is rallying women across the North East to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life. Here she tells why the charity’s work is so important

Staff at North Tyneside Council launch the Active North Tyneside campaign

New North Tyneside campaign encourages people to become more active

A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to become more physically active. Reporter Sonia Sharma takes a look

Glen Patterson ,25, from Benton appears at North Tyneside Magistrates court

Grandson appears in court charged with double murder in Benton

Glen Patterson, 25, has appeared in court accused of murdering his dad and grandmother in their home at Benton

Vincent Gibson, 50, who was struck by a police car and suffered fatal injuries

Inquest hears South Shields dad was hit by police car called to help suicidal man

South Shields father-of-two Vincent Gibson suffered fatal injuries after being hit by police vehicle

Anna Kendrick in the spoof Newcastle Brown Ale advert

Newcastle Brown Ale a hit at the Super Bowl

North East beer Newcastle Brown Ale has been the talk of the Super Bowl in America thanks to a spoof video starring Hollywood actress Anna Kendrick

New homes

More new homes in the North East since recession

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has revealed that 5,178 new houses were logged in the region last year, a 30% increase on the 2012 figures

A RNLI crew heading out on a rescue mission

Busy time for lifeboats as over 260 people rescued by RNLI in North East

Figures released by the RNLI charity show that Sunderland was the busiest station, rescuing 84 people

HRH Princess Anne on her visit to South Shields

Princess Anne gets a warm welcome in South Shields

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited the region yesterday where she officially opened new facilities and a major milestone at a business

Rockliffe Hall, in Hurworth-on-Tees, County Durham

County Durham hotel Rockliffe Hall named among UK's top ten

TripAdvisor awards placed County Durham's Rockliffe Hall in eighth position in a list of the best luxury resorts in the UK

Ben Shephard and Tom May took part in the Speedflex challenge with Ivan Hollingsworth

Stars take on a fitness marathon for Newcastle children's heart unit

TV host Ben Shephard and former Newcastle Falcons rugby player Tom May took part in a tough exercise challenge


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer