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:

Before Tattooing Was Legal in New York, This Shop Was Doing It Underground

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fineline Tattoo on the Lower East Side is celebrating 40 years of operating continuously in New York City, including some years on the down low.

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As Temperatures Climb, the Elderly, Frail and Poor Are Put at Risk

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"The fan ain’t doing no good, at all,” says one 69-year-old admitted for heat exhaustion.

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The Inferno: Summer Heat Batters Public Housing Residents

Thursday, August 18, 2016

While it's easy to create policies to protect people from temperatures outside, homes are trapping the extreme heat and hurting our health.

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After Community Opposition, Councilman to Vote Against Inwood Rezoning

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ydanis Rodriguez says he now plans to vote no on a proposed 17-story, 350-unit development along Fort Tryon Park — the latest test in Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing agenda.

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Bangladeshi Muslims in Shock Over Fatal Shooting of Queens Imam

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Imam Maulama Akonjee's had just finished prayers at a nearby mosque when police say a man fatally shot him and his assistant, Thara Uddin.


Without AC, Public Housing Residents Swelter Through the Summer

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Almost 90 percent of New Yorkers have air conditioning in their homes, but less than half of public housing apartments do. And those units don't cool down, even overnight.

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Farwell to Big Apple Circus

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Big Apple Circus, the single-ring, scrappy, European-style circus which launched in 1977, has announced it couldn’t raise enough money to continue. 


Tracking the Temperatures on the Harlem Heat Island

Friday, July 08, 2016

In the midst of the city's first official heat wave this year, hear how you can get involved in WNYC's study to track temperatures in Harlem apartments with no air conditioning.

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Espaillat Claims Victory in Historic Uptown Race

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat would become the first Dominican-American elected to Congress, replacing legendary Congressman Charles Rangel in a changing Harlem district.


Gay Muslims Ask LGBT, Religious Groups to Set Aside Prejudices

Friday, June 24, 2016

"To LGBT people who are not Muslim, this is the time for us to examine the level of Islamaphobia that is rooted within our communities."

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New Jersey's Liquor Laws Were Created for a Very Different Population

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Finding a restaurant where you can order a glass of wine in the state isn’t easy. The state’s liquor laws were set after Prohibition to limit access to alcohol. Not a lot has changed.

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Taking On Poverty And Education In School Costs A Lot Of Money

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.


New Bills to Reform the Port Authority

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Jersey Democrats want the power to require the Port Authority to appear before legislative hearings. And now New York lawmakers have introduced bills to do the same. 


Can More Money Fix America's Schools?

Monday, April 25, 2016

It's one of the loudest debates in education: whether spending more money adds up to better test scores and graduation rates.


De Blasio Makes $20 Million Available to BOE to Implement Reforms

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday he'll make close to $20 million in "incentive funding" available to the City Board of Elections if the agency agrees to implement reforms.   

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What Happened When One Of New Jersey's Poorest School Districts Increased Spending

Sunday, April 24, 2016

This story is part of the NPR reporting project "School Money," which explores how states pay for public schools — and why many are failing to meet the needs of their most vulnerable.

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Christie Announces $10 Million for Additional Lead Remediation

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Amid criticism that the governor has been diverting money away from lead abatement, he said he'd allocate an additional $10 million to prevent lead poisoning from paint in old homes. 

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Taking Stock of Lead Poisoning In NY and NJ

Friday, April 01, 2016

A roundtable of reporters discuss their stories about lead contamination in the water at local schools and lead paint violations plaguing some of the poorest areas of New York City. 


More Rigorous Lead Testing Needed in Schools, Expert Says

Friday, March 25, 2016

One of the nation's top researchers on lead dangers in water says there's a need for more extensive and rigorous testing in older schools across the country. 

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Public Schools Not Required to Test Drinking Water for Lead, State Says

Friday, March 11, 2016

Public schools that get their water from public water systems are not required to test for lead, according to the New Jersey environment agency.