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Sarah Gonzalez

Reporter, WNYC/NJPR

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:

Why Transgender Vets Can't Get Military Benefits

Monday, September 15, 2014

WNYC
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.

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Student Enrollment on the Rise in Newark

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WNYC
After years of declining student enrollment, Newark has seen a significant increase in the number of families attending traditional public schools.

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First Day in Newark: Nearly Empty School Buses, Parents Ignoring Assignments

Thursday, September 04, 2014

WNYC
A new reform plan, lots of students traveling to new schools and a small boycott greeted students on the first day of school. 

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The Results of Newark's New School Enrollment Policy

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WNYC
Not every student in Newark will have a classroom to attend by the first day of school Thursday. 

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With No Bus System, Some NJ Parents Don't Know How Kids Will Get to Class

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.

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What NJ Police Are Doing with Mine-Resistant Trucks

Friday, August 22, 2014

WNYC
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.

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To Improve Access to Newark's Best Schools, District Pushes Choice

Monday, August 18, 2014

WNYC

Newark schools try out a new method to make school choice more fair but problems are already cropping up.

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Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

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.

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DOJ Probe Reveals Use Of Excessive Force At New York Prison

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.

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Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct

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.

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Feds Find Newark Police Engaged in 'Unconstitutional Policing'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WNYC

The Justice Department found excessive force and inadequate accountability.

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Christie Heads to CT, Is Met With Sandy Hook Protestors

Monday, July 21, 2014

WNYC

Gov. Christie encounters unfriendly territory on his trip to Connecticut where residents from Newtown showed up to protest his position on guns.

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Newark Mayor Now Needs to Make Nice With Christie, Booker

Monday, July 21, 2014

WNYC

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.

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Thousands Line Jersey City Streets for Funeral of Fallen Police Officer

Friday, July 18, 2014

WNYC

Officer Melvin Santiago's life was celebrated in Jersey City, but his death has raised fear among residents.

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Newark Police Department to Receive Federal Monitor

Monday, July 14, 2014

WNYC and NJPR's northern New Jersey enterprise reporter Sarah Gonzalez talks about the federal government's planned appointment of a monitor to oversee police operations in Newark, and what it means for new mayor Ras Baraka.

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Firework Show Returns to Brooklyn Bridge ... with a Bigger Bang

Thursday, July 03, 2014

WNYC

Fireworks are returning to the Brooklyn Bridge for the 4th of July holiday, but this time, the bang will be bigger with “over 5,000 custom-designed effects.”

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Bus Terminal Commuters: "Can we Get a Fan, at Least?"

Thursday, July 03, 2014

WNYC

As the summer heats up, Port Authority staff has been brought in to better control the temperature at the bus terminal. But it's a old building, and many waiting areas don't have functioning AC.

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Newark's New Leader: "Yeah! We Need a Mayor That’s Radical!"

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WNYC

After U.S. Senator Cory Booker is booed at Ras Baraka's mayoral inauguration, the new Newark mayor promises to take on poverty and change the city.

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NY Community Mourns Deaths of Israeli Students

Monday, June 30, 2014

WNYC

About 200 people marched to the United Nations from the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan to mourn the deaths of three Israeli students.

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Pride Parade Goers Applaud Cuomo's Plan to End AIDS Epidemic by 2020

Sunday, June 29, 2014

WNYC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marched down Fifth Avenue for the Pride parade today. The annual event came on the heels of a Cuomo announcement to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.

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