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:

Covering Climate Now: Climate Strike Updates and Your Calls

Friday, September 20, 2019

WNYC reporters Gwynne Hogan and Jessica Gould join by phone to give us the view from the ground at the climate strike in New York, and listeners call in to share their thoughts.

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The Morning Ritual That Makes a Schoolhouse Rock

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The de Blasio Administration is promoting "social emotional learning." At a Brooklyn middle school, officials say it's working.

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Yellow Bus Service Sees Modest Gains At Start Of School

Friday, September 06, 2019

Two days into the new school year, parents report problems with buses, but not as many as last year.  

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In Brooklyn's Integration Efforts, Sixth Graders Lead The Way

Friday, September 06, 2019

District 15's middle schools stopped using test scores and grades to decide admission and switched to a lottery instead. 

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Warehouse to Schoolhouse: NYC's Unique Source for School Supplies

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Teachers are encouraged to shop for free at this 35,000 square foot depot of donated stuff.

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Elite Private Schools Join Yeshivas In Fight Against Regulations

Thursday, August 29, 2019

It's an unlikely alliance of opponents to rules they see as unnecessary, expensive and intrusive.

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Back to School: Gifted & Talented; Redistricting; School Shootings; Pre-K Education

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Redistricting, school shootings and much more.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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