Hello! My name is Jennifer Sopko and I’m a Pittsburgh-based writer with a love of history that permeates both my avocation and personal interests. I believe it’s absolutely vital to document and preserve the past and I am always in search of a new story to tell.
I have worked as a professional writer and historian in western Pennsylvania for more than 14 years. I am experienced in print and online magazine and newspaper writing and I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.
I am the author of Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands, a series of historical vignettes about Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Valley that was published by The History Press. My second book, Idlewild: History and Memories of Pennsylvania’s Oldest Amusement Park, a comprehensive history of what began as a western Pennsylvania railroad park and is now an award winning children’s park, will be published on April 2, 2018.
Since 2003, I have written about the Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County and southwestern Pennsylvania for several regional publications. My current writing projects mainly focus on southwestern Pennsylvania history with goals of enlightening readers about forgotten and obscure regional history and reinterpreting connections between familiar topics.