Sharon Adarlo is a writer and artist based in Newark, New Jersey.
As a freelance journalist, Sharon's works have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and other publications. She has written about Muslim weddings and Filipino food to crime stories such as the Etan Patz case.
Her art practice covers drawing, painting, and illustration. She also makes animation videos. One of them was a short animation film for the campaign to free Al Jazeera staffers jailed in Egypt. It was hand drawn on a $3 iPad animation app over the span of a couple of days.
To merge her two disciplines of art and writing, Sharon started The Newark Art Journal, an illustrated storytelling blog about her adopted hometown. Part reportage, memoir, comic journalism, and sketchbook, its aim is to give a 360-degree view of a city she knows intimately.
Sharon has given talks on reporting, writing, comic journalism, and art at various institutions such as Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
On the side, Sharon has a thirst for learning and making things. She has done shoemaking, welding, furniture building, and other forms of traditional and not so traditional fabrication.
In the past, Sharon was a reporter for several years for The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper. Her last assignment was covering crime in Newark.