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:

Some New Jersey Kids Have Elevated Levels of Lead in their Blood

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

There's a higher percentage of children with elevated levels of lead in their blood in 11 New Jersey cities and 2 counties than in Flint, MI, according to advocacy groups.  


New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap — But There's A Snag

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.


New York City Wins Big in Disaster Resiliency, New Jersey Comes in Last

Thursday, January 21, 2016

HUD's secretary blames New Jersey's "weaker application" for why the state won just $15 million out of $1 billion nationally to fight against floods, fires, drought and other disasters. 


Mayor Says MLK Would Be Disappointed his Legacy Hasn't Led to More Change

Monday, January 18, 2016

If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, Mayor de Blasio says he would scold the country for "going backwards on voting rights" and allowing educational disparities. 

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How Local Churches Honored King's Legacy

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Local elected officials urged a Crown Heights congregation to continue Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's fight for social justice and equal rights. 

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Dirty Little Secrets: In Your Fish

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Eating any fish from the Lower Passaic can cause cancer, liver damage and reproductive issues. Now, companies who polluted the river are swapping contaminated fish for frozen fillets. 

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Blacks, Latinos Disproportionately Arrested for Minor Offenses in NJ

Monday, December 21, 2015

In 2013, Latinos in Millville were 6.3 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white residents, based on their respective populations. 


New Jersey's Toxic Sites Left Unchecked

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A WNYC analysis estimates that 89% of New Jersey residents live within a mile of at least one "contaminated site" as designated by the state.


Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Poorest Live Surrounded by Contamination

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

An investigation by WNYC finds most of the state’s poorest residents are living within a mile of a contaminated site, and there's no plan in place to clean it up.

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Does the Punishment Fit the Crime For Immigrant Detainees in NJ?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A recent WNYC investigation found that immigrants detained at a facility in New Jersey were being placed in solitary for seemingly arbitrary reasons, like refusing to eat breakfast.

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Alone and Isolated, the Punishment Piles on for Immigrant Detainees

Monday, November 09, 2015

A WNYC investigation reveals that immigrant detainees in New Jersey are sent to solitary confinement for non-violent and, at times, perplexing reasons.

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Jersey City To Reclaim Control of Schools, 26 Years After State Takeover

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

New Jersey Public Radio
The state Board of Education says Jersey City is ready to regain full control of its school system, after 26 years under state authority.


How Booker, Christie Spent the $100 Million Facebook Donation

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A new book reveals how Sen. Booker and Gov. Christie chose to use private philanthropy, instead of public funding, to transform Newark schools—without public approval.


Newark Mayor Gives Free School Supplies, Lunch to Kids at Housing Projects

Monday, September 07, 2015

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka handed out about 3,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students at housing projects and houses of worship, as part of his Back To School Bus Tour.
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Environmental Groups Keep Pushing for Rejection of Exxon Settlement

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Superior Court judge is expected to hear arguments on the proposed pollution settlement between ExxonMobil and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Thursday.

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Hospital Struggles to Stay Open Awaiting Christie Approval to Sell to Highest Bidder

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A hospital in Newark is $230 million in debt and struggling to stay open. There’s a willing buyer, but the state hasn’t approved the deal yet, and doctors are starting to leave. 

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Environmental Group Asks to Intervene in Exxon Mobil Case

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Natural Resources Defense Council says New Jersey breached its duty to protect public resources when it accepted a $225 million settlement with Exxon. 


Hundreds of Teachers, Public Workers Protest Christie's Presidential Bid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teachers and transit employees from across New Jersey say Gov. Christie has turned his back on public workers. 

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New Jersey Debates Gun Laws and Domestic Violence Victims

Monday, June 22, 2015

A set of bills in the New Jersey legislature seek to make it harder for domestic violence abusers to keep their guns, and make it easier for victims to obtain them. 

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NJ Man Arrested for Allegedly Planning to Join ISIS

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A New Jersey man is being held without bail for allegedly planning to provide resources and fighters to the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State.