Sarah Gonzalez

Reporter, WNYC/NJPR

Sarah Aida Gonzalez is the youth and families reporter at WNYC. She has dug deep into data and documents to reveal systemic inequalities in New Jersey’s foster care system, and into how the state prosecutes minors and disciplines federal immigration detainees

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 Florida charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities received an Online News Association award for Innovative Investigative Journalism.

Sarah graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2009. She grew up on the San Diego/Tijuana, Mexico border.

Sarah Gonzalez appears in the following:

To Prevent Suicides, GW Bridge Is Getting a Fence

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WNYC
Ten people have died jumping off the bridge this year and police say they've prevented 45 other suicide attempts, a slight uptick from the year before.

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The Mayor Wants to Force Big Buildings to Be More Energy Efficient

Thursday, September 14, 2017

WNYC
Mayor de Blasio said he asked the owners of large buildings in New York City to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They didn't. Now he wants to force them to by law.

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NYC's First District-Wide School Diversity Plan Gets Pushback

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WNYC
The city says 67 percent of seats should go to students who are living in temporary housing, learning English or on free or reduced-priced lunch. But critics say it won't work.

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NYC's Youngest Students Help Kick Off New School Year

Thursday, September 07, 2017

WNYC
Doors are open for New York City's public-school students who now include 3-year-olds.

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Local Students, Colleges React to the End of DACA

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

WNYC
"I felt so ashamed for . . . thinking that a person like him would even reconsider keeping this program," said DACA recipient and Washington Heights resident Mary Soto, who liked Trump.

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NYC Students 'Outgain' State Peers, But Racial Performance Gap Remains High

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

WNYC
Test scores are in. Gains were modest, but students in grades three-through-eight did show more improvement, compared to state peers, on both the English and math tests.

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How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities

Thursday, August 17, 2017

In a 3-part series with NPR, Sarah Gonzalez explores how MS-13 members on Long Island target unaccompanied minors. 

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Undocumented Teens Say They're Falsely Accused Of Being In A Gang

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The clothes and colors students wear to school, the classmates they speak to and what they're suspended for is being used as evidence in immigration court that students are affiliated with MS-13.

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Despite Escaping To The U.S., These Brothers Are Still Terrorized By The MS-13 Gang

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

After two Long Island brothers were chased by gang members with machetes, police gave their family a 'panic button.' Then, the family found out the oldest son is on a list of suspected MS-13 members.

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ICE Is Arresting Teens Based on Bogus Claims, Says ACLU Lawsuit

Friday, August 11, 2017

The lawsuit claims the Trump administration is falsely accusing immigrant teens of gang affiliations in a concerted effort to deport them.

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MS-13 Gang Crackdown Relies on 'Questionable' Evidence From Schools

Monday, August 07, 2017

WNYC
WNYC has documents showing how police build cases against suspected gang members based on information they could only find inside the schools — and some of it is supposed to be private.

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Advocates Warn of a School-to-Deportation Pipeline

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

WNYC
Advocates says immigrant students are being suspended from school for alleged MS-13 gang affiliation based on "flimsy evidence." But it's strong enough to land them in immigration court.

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New Yorkers Push Back on Trump's Use of Force Remarks

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WNYC
“It sounds like he's giving a blank check to police for brutality,” said Lourdes Diaz Dennis from Queens.

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Graduating Seniors Offer Advice to Their High Schools

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WNYC
When these recent graduates wrote letters to their high schools, they did not hold back.

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What Will (Likely) Happen If the Mayor Doesn't Get School Control Back

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WNYC
Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on mayoral control of New York City schools. What happens next is unclear — but a similar scenario from 2009 provides a glimpse.

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Meet a Student Earning a 'Local Diploma' in New York – And What it Means

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WNYC
There are three different categories of high school diplomas for students in New York State. Today, we profile a student earning a Local Diploma: 19-year-old Darian Glisson. 

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Meet a Graduate Earning One of the Three High School Diplomas in New York State

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WNYC
There are three different categories of high school diplomas in New York State. We talk to Jazmine Williams, a student earning the standard Regents diploma. 

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This NYC Student Is Earning a Top High School Diploma

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WNYC
There are three different high school diplomas for students in New York State. Today, we profile a student earning the Advanced Regents diploma.

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More Than 3,200 Apply for Excelsior Scholarship Within 5 Hours

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

WNYC
The application for New York's new, free college tuition program for middle class students was popular as soon as it went online Wednesday morning. 

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Meet the Four Women Earning Bachelor's Degrees From a NY Prison

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

WNYC
Just one women's prison in New York offers a bachelor's degree program. It may offer only one major but these inmates say they're grateful to have what many other prisons lack.

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