Jessica Gould

Reporter, WNYC News

Jessica Gould covers education for WNYC.

Her stories can be heard on the local broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and nationally on NPR.

Jessica was the lead reporter for WNYC’s award-winning Affordability Project, which profiled diverse New Yorkers struggling to make it in this expensive city. 

She has also reported on business and politics, notably making front page news when a mayoral candidate fell asleep on her mid-interview!

Prior to WNYC, Jessica spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. where she reported for public radio station WAMU, and served as the nightlife correspondent for the Washington City Paper (with the help of orthopedic clogs and a lot of coffee).

Jessica is a graduate of Harvard University and of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is an adjunct professor at NYU's Journalism Institute. You can follow her on Twitter at @byjessicagould.

Read Jessica's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Jessica Gould appears in the following:

De Blasio Announces 'Pathway to Wage Parity' for Pre-K Teachers

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The pay gap goes back decades, but de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program made it more pronounced.


Lessons in Activism: Graduating Student Leaders Contemplate Next Moves

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

High school seniors reflect on being activists in their schools, their communities and beyond.


New Desegregation Efforts Adopted for New York Schools

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould on Mayor Bill de Blasio's new plans for school desegregation. 


Mayor, Schools Chancellor Accept Most Recommendations from Diversity Task Force

Monday, June 10, 2019

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza says the Department of Education will fund efforts by five more school districts to develop integration plans

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Cuomo Calls on Lawmakers to Pass Women's Justice Agenda

Monday, June 03, 2019

Under current law, for something to be considered sexual harassment in New York, the behavior has to be "severe or pervasive." Cuomo says it's time to change that.


A Student Suicide Puts Pressure on NYC Department of Education

Friday, May 31, 2019

A new lawsuit says a ninth grader who killed herself was bullied for months before being sexually assaulted and school leaders failed to intervene. 


As Brown v. Board Turns 65 Years Old, Students Say "Retire Segregation"

Friday, May 17, 2019

Students with the group IntegrateNYC say it's time to go beyond Brown with more aggressive pro-integration policies.

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Students Press City Leaders to Move From Debate to Action on School Integration Efforts

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

City Council members want a new task force. The de Blasio administration has a working group. State lawmakers are holding hearings. But one student wants them to act. Now.

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On School Integration, More Views Within Asian-American Community Than Often Reported

Friday, April 19, 2019

Asian-American activists on both sides of the testing debate say most media coverage lacks nuance.

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Supporters of the SHSAT Make Their Presence Known at Queens Forum

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A crowd largely comprised of Asian-American school parents and alumni said the controversial test is the fairest way to admit students to the city's selective high schools. 

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Forums on Specialized High Schools, Its Test and Student Diversity Kick Off Tonight

Thursday, April 11, 2019

New York State senators who could legislate away the single-test admission policy for some of the city's top schools start their listening tour in Queens. 


Some Parents Worry More Pre-K May Mean Less Space For Everyone Else

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

As the de Blasio Administration expands programs for pre-schoolers, some worry they're competing with the older kids for room and resources. 

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Pre-K Teachers Weigh Strike As Pay Disparity Persists

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Pre-school teachers at community-based programs make less than their peers working in city-run classrooms. And now they're threatening to strike.

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Going to School With New York City's Youngest Students

Monday, April 01, 2019

Next fall, the de Blasio Administration is quadrupling public school seats for three-year-olds. See what 3-K looks like now.

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Forums Planned on Admissions at New York City's Public Schools

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Any change to the controversial Specialized High School Admissions Test would have to be approved by the state legislature, where there has been little momentum in the past.

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A 'Good' School Is a Diverse School

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Members of an independent panel commissioned by Mayor de Blasio explain how to integrate the city's schools beyond "importing black and brown kids into white spaces."

Critics Claim Pay Inequity Persists in P-T and O-T Contract Deal

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Longtime therapists who work with students with disabilities say they'll keep fighting to be paid the same as colleagues such as speech therapists and social workers.

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School Bus Companies Face New Rules to Improve Service

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

GPS tracking and two-way radios: these and more coming to all New York City school buses after years of complaints about service. 


Longtime New York Public Radio President Laura Walker Will Step Down Next Year

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Walker will remain as CEO until March 2019 and assist the transition to a new CEO through June. The Board of Trustees will begin a search for the organization’s next leader.

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City Council To Hold Hearings on Amazon Deal

Friday, November 30, 2018

City Council members say they plan to grill top officials from the city, state and Amazon itself at a series of hearings starting next month.

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