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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:

Taking On Cory Booker

Friday, October 31, 2014

WNYC
Jeff Bell just moved back to NJ after 31 years away. On Tuesday, he’ll be up against one of the most deep-pocketed politicians in the state. Does the social conservative stand a chance?

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No Friday Night Lights for Sayreville's Homecoming

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC
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.

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Hazing Rituals Re-Evaluated Amid Sexual Assault Arrests in Sayreville

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WNYC
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. 

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Details Emerge in Sayreville Football Harassment Scandal

Thursday, October 09, 2014

WNYC
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. 

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Ras Baraka's 100 Days: Less Crime, but Long Road Ahead for Newark

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

WNYC
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. 

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Shootings, Murders Down in Newark, Thefts on the Rise

Thursday, October 02, 2014

WNYC
Nine fewer people have been killed in the past three months compared to the same time last year, according to the Newark police director. 

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Not Just Ferguson, Many NJ Towns Have Mostly White Police

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

WNYC
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. 

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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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