Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
Her investigative and feature reporting has received national awards by the Education Writer’s Association, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and PRNDI, and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Her investigation into charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities was awarded an Online News Association award for Innovative, Investigative Journalism. The San Diego native graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and journalism. Follow her @GonzalezSarahA
Sarah Gonzalez appears in the following:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey held its homecoming ceremony this year between the girls’ field hockey match and the boys’ soccer game.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
If allegations prove to be true, the behavior of high school football players at Sayreville War Memorial would likely have been passed down from older students, experts say.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
There was an alleged locker room ritual among the Sayreville War Memorial High School football players that involved picking up a freshman player and inserting a finger into his rectum.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
There have been 30 homicides since Ras Baraka took office. That's nine fewer than over the same period last year. What the mayor has accomplished, and his challenges ahead.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Nine fewer people have been killed in the past three months compared to the same time last year, according to the Newark police director.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Of the 36 police officers in Plainsboro, N.J. just one is black and two are Hispanic. There are no women. Police say they are struggling to hire women and minorities.
Monday, September 15, 2014
A Department of Defense policy that prohibits transgender veterans from changing their name on their discharge forms is preventing vets from getting their military benefits.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
After years of declining student enrollment, Newark has seen a significant increase in the number of families attending traditional public schools.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
A new reform plan, lots of students traveling to new schools and a small boycott greeted students on the first day of school.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Not every student in Newark will have a classroom to attend by the first day of school Thursday.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The chair of the NJ Senate's Education Committee says she's concerned about the roll-out of Newark's school reform program, and that the state is monitoring the situation.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Last year, police departments in New Jersey received $20 million in donated military equipment from the federal government. The next step: figuring out how, and why, to use it.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Newark schools try out a new method to make school choice more fair but problems are already cropping up.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Buying a drone is easy, but few federal regulations are designed to cover civilians operating drones. And some rules, like the FAA prohibition on flying drones in urban areas, are often ignored.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
The Justice Department found constitutional rights violations of adolescent inmates at Rikers Island. Corrections officers are said to use solitary confinement as a first-resort disciplinary action.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The Justice Department found excessive force and inadequate accountability.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Gov. Christie encounters unfriendly territory on his trip to Connecticut where residents from Newtown showed up to protest his position on guns.
Monday, July 21, 2014
The self-proclaimed “radical” new mayor has been critical of his predecessor — now a U.S. Senator — and of New Jersey's governor. But now that he’s in office, he'll need their help.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Officer Melvin Santiago's life was celebrated in Jersey City, but his death has raised fear among residents.