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
A principal faces a challenge—turn around a low-performing school in a poor part of the city. If the kids don’t improve, this might be the next neighborhood school to close.
The state-appointed Newark Schools Superintendent, Cami Anderson, is no longer attending the monthly school board meetings that draw hundreds of parents and community members.
A new report by the ACLU found that, on average, 91 out of every 1,000 residents in Newark were stopped by police in the second half of 2013. In New York City, that figure was eight out of 1,000. See how those numbers break down by race.
The ruling that it was not unconstitutional for the NYPD to spy on Muslims in New Jersey has some in the Muslim community feeling uncomfortable.
Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken are partnering up to launch a regional bike sharing program this summer.
With more than double the snowfall average this winter, those in low-income neighborhoods say the snow and the cold are significantly impacting their lives.
The education commissioner of New Jersey, where there's been universal pre-k in some districts for more than a decade, has cautionary words for the mayor of New York City: Pre-k is a long game; it won't come fast.
A 40-story apartment complex in exchange for Sandy aid? That's the way they roll in this New Jersey city.
A letter from David Wildstein's attorney says the Governor was aware of the closures in September when they happened.
Find out why working in a toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike may become an even worse job than it already is.
The FBI is questioning at least five witnesses as part of their investigation into whether Gov. Chris Christie’s aides threatened to cut off federal Sandy relief aid in Hoboken, NJ, according to NBC news.
Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer says an April 2013 letter to Gov. Chris Christie is evidence she long had concerns about political pressure to move forward with a re-development project in exchange for Sandy aid.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer says the Christie administration made Sandy aid contingent upon approval of a development project. Hoboken residents called into the Brian Lehrer Show with their reactions to allegations that their rebuilding got caught in political crosshairs.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer offered explosive new evidence Saturday in the ongoing examination of Chris Christie administration's political and business practices, saying that Christie officials took away aid for her Sandy-ravaged town because she didn't support a redevelopment deal.
Mayor Bill de Blasio pulls off some power plays...and continues to push his everyman image . Meanwhile, across the Hudson, mayors are getting more attention than ever before. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin break down this week in politics with New Jersey Public Radio's Sarah Gonzalez.
U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker from New Jersey are among just 16 Democratic Senators supporting a bill that threatens additional sanctions on Iran. The bill, were it to pass, could scuttle a signature foreign policy achievement for President Obama. But experts say passage is not likely.
“I'm a little appalled by some of the mayors that are saying, ‘Well we didn't endorse him and we didn't get anything,’" said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “We endorsed him, and we didn't get anything.”
Mayors in New Jersey say they're starting to consider foul play on behalf of the Christie administration in light of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.
Capping off a dramatic day in the history of the Christie Administration, Mayor Mark Sokolich said not to blame the governor for the George Washington Bridge lane closures that snarled traffic in his town last year. "I'm a forgiving guy," said Sokolich.
Newark officials say the city will add 100 more police officers by the end of 2014. But Gov. Chris Christie has had nothing to do with that, says Newark Mayor Luis Quintana.