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:

Only A Small Fraction Of City Students Have Agreed To Covid-19 Testing

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Officials tout Covid-19 testing in schools as a key strategy to keep students and staff safe, but only a small percentage of families have agreed to have their kids tested at all.


NYC Vaccine Mandate For Educators Leads To Surge In Inocculations

Monday, October 04, 2021

But some schools scrambled to fill vacancies left by the unvaccinated.


NYC Vaccine Mandate For Public School Staff Goes Into Effect Today

Monday, October 04, 2021

Schools have been told they can deploy support staff or substitutes to classrooms to fill any gaps. 


You Have Questions About NYC’s New School Quarantine Rules. We Have Answers.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Officials have said recent changes to the city’s closure policies were designed to reduce the number of classroom quarantines.


New York City's Public School Vaccination Mandate Remains In Limbo

Monday, September 27, 2021

But for a federal court injunction, Monday would have been the deadline for all public school teachers and staff to get at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.


Judge Places Another Hold on Vaccine Mandate for NYC Educators

Sunday, September 26, 2021

A group of educators sued the city over the vaccine requirement, saying it violates due process.


One Week In, NYC Announces Revised Testing and Quarantine Policies For Public Schools

Monday, September 20, 2021

The city is increasing the frequency of COVID-19 testing in schools while narrowing the scope of quarantines. 


School is In Session

Monday, September 13, 2021

Checking in on the start of the school year

NYC Public Schools Reopen After A Year And A Half of Remote and Hybrid Learning

Monday, September 13, 2021

Students are all being called back to class in person with very limited options for remote school for medical reasons and quarantines.


Students With Disabilities Lost Crucial Services During Pandemic

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

In New York City, about a quarter of students with disabilities were not receiving their full suite of services last winter.


Back-To-School Update

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

The latest on NYC's back-to-school plans.

It's An Anxious Back To School Season For The Nation's Largest Public School System

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

With less than a week to go, there are still a lot of unknowns about what the coming school year will look like.


What New York City School Parents Need To Know About COVID Classroom Policies

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

New York City public school students return to the classroom in less than two weeks. 


Protest Against Vaccine Mandate Draws Hundreds, Including Some Educators

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

This week, Mayor de Blasio announced the city's strongest vaccine mandate yet, requiring all public school staff get inoculated without an option to get tested weekly instead.


NYC Mandates Vaccination For Public School Staff

Monday, August 23, 2021

The new mandate goes further than the policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this summer for city workers, including teachers, which requires vaccination or weekly testing.


Mayor Says More Details On NYC Public School Reopening Coming This Week

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Mayor de Blasio says he plans to provide more information on how students will learn when they quarantine, among other things. 


NYC Principals Grapple With Social Distancing Recommendations

Thursday, August 05, 2021

There's just over a month until the city's public schools are set to reopen fully for in-person learning. But principals are still figuring out how to fit their students.

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With No Remote Schooling Option, NYC Parents Of Vulnerable Kids Seek Answers

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Some parents of students with underlying conditions that could put them at greater risk for COVID-19 are concerned about the city’s plan for in-person learning this fall.

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NYC To Launch Vaccination Pop-Ups At Summer School Sites

Friday, July 23, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio is promising a teen vaccination blitz before fall.


NYC Seeks To Revolutionize Summer School

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

New York City launched an ambitious new summer program and officials hope it could change how kids spend their summers going forward.

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