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:

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.


Newark Schools: 'We Don't Know' if Water Tests Were Analyzed

Thursday, March 10, 2016

WNYC asked Newark Public Schools if they could say with certainty that the past year's water results were properly analyzed and cleared. They couldn't.


The Trouble with NYPD's Crime Dots

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The NYPD's newest crime statistics map, CompStat 2.0, was viewed 75,000 times in its first week. But the WNYC Data News Team says we should be careful how much we read into it.

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Brooklyn Law Students Weigh in on 'Horrifying' Apple/FBI case

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Students in the class Privacy Law in a Digital Age try to find the balance between privacy, law enforcement and safety. 

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Camden NJ Students Also Drink Bottled Water Because of High Lead Levels

Monday, February 08, 2016

In 2002, Camden schools were advised to switch to bottled water after a report found high lead levels in water samples. Today, students still can't drink the water from several schools. 

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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.