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:

Teachers Tackle Love and Shakespeare with Rikers Students

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WNYC
None of the high school age boy inmates on Rikers want to play Juliet, so the other day "one of the female officers whom they all have a crush on came in to read the Juliet part."

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You Have to Listen to These Kids Playing in the Snow

Thursday, February 09, 2017

There’s nothing like kids enjoying a snow day. 

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No One Expected Obama Would Deport More People Than any Other U.S. President

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WNYC
"La Promesa de Obama" was used to describe Obama's promise to reform immigration.  But 2.7 million immigrants were deported during his terms, earning him the title, "Deporter in Chief."

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Building Pride Among Young Public Housing Residents

Monday, January 16, 2017

More than 100 kids from every housing development in New York City, from the Bronx to Staten Island, are learning how to be leaders, starting with how to improve their own communities.

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Map: Risk Factors for NYC Children

Monday, December 26, 2016

WNYC
Homelessness, education, birth rate: huge disparities among children exist across the city. Now, one group has mapped key risk factors.

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Changing Addresses Ahead of Trump

Monday, December 19, 2016

One New Yorker says her family is considering a move within the area to evade federal immigration officials working for the next president. 

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'They Know Everything': Mixed-Status Family Prepares for Trump

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WNYC
“They know where I live, they know where I’ve lived before. They know my work place; they know my mom’s info as well since she petitioned to fix her status. They have everything.”

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NYC Council: Open Rikers Island Schools for Public Review

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

City Council members say they first need to know what's happening at East River Academy, the cluster of schools serving kids detained or jailed on Rikers Island, before they can fix it. 

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The Students, Families Who Can't Afford Internet in the Bronx

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WNYC
Almost 20 percent of New York City households don’t have any internet access at home — not on a computer or a cell phone. For them, and those with just a phone, there are workarounds.

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Growing Up in NYC: "All Agencies Have a Stake in The Outcome"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WNYC
Twenty-four city agencies — from the education department to parks department and the fire department — are going to better coordinate how they support children and young adults.

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Some New Yorkers in Disbelief Over Trump Presidency; Others Say It Was Inevitable

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

WNYC
As the sun came up in Manhattan, 22-year-old Gabriela Rivera walked in denial past newspapers with the headline, “President Trump." But 24-year-old Brian Louis says he's not surprised.

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The Young People Who Wish They Were Old Enough to Vote

Monday, November 07, 2016

WNYC
Some high school-age students are too young to vote in the presidential election. Here's why some in the Bronx wish they could. 

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Long Island Community Reeling After String of Murders

Friday, October 28, 2016

Since the death of five teenagers in Brentwood, Suffolk County Police have arrested 35 members of the Salvadorian gang MS-13.

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Feral Cats: For More Than Keeping the Rats Away

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Keeping rats off the block is not the main mission of a group that neuters, feeds and provides shelter for feral cats. But the cats' scent is keeping the vermin away.

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Training Matters: A Comparison Of Corrections Officers

Friday, October 14, 2016

In Germany corrections officers receive two years of formal training, in New Jersey it's 16 weeks. 

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A Childhood Behind Bars

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Explore what it's like to be a minor in an adult correctional facility.

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Kids in Prison: Guards with Helmets vs The Jolly Lumberjack

Monday, October 10, 2016

WNYC
Part 4: The role of the corrections officer and how they are trained is a key difference between prisons in New Jersey and Germany. 

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Kids in Prison: Getting Tried as an Adult Means a Longer Sentence

Monday, October 10, 2016

WNYC
Part 3: Teenagers convicted in New Jersey get much longer sentences than New York. But advocates say neither state is treating juveniles humanely. 

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Kids in Prison: Germany Has a Different Approach, Better Results

Monday, October 10, 2016

WNYC
Part 2: Our reporter went looking for a state with a more humane system compared to New York or New Jersey. Advocates said to check out Germany.

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Kids in Prison: Getting Tried as An Adult Depends on Skin Color

Monday, October 10, 2016

WNYC
Part 1: Hundreds of minors as young as 14 are being tried as adults in New Jersey, and almost 90 percent of them are black or Latino kids. 

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