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:

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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Public Advocate Race Could Cause Cascade of Elections

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There will be at least three elections next year to replace Tish James as New York City's public advocate. And maybe more. 

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New York State to Kick in $1.5 Billion in Subsidies for Amazon HQ

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amazon could get billions in grants and tax breaks in exchange for 25,000 new jobs.

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The Race for Public Advocate Is On

Thursday, November 08, 2018

With Tish James set to become New York's next Attorney General, a diverse group of candidates are eyeing her office. 

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To Rock the Vote, Flip That Ballot!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

On Election Day, there will be questions for New York City and New Jersey voters to answer. City voters have to turn over the last page of the ballot to find the proposals on the back.

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On Long Island, A Supreme Divide Ahead of the Midterms

Monday, October 22, 2018

Democrats hope momentum from the #MeToo movement will help swing a contested seat in Long Island. But after the Kavanaugh hearings, even women voters remain deeply divided.


Meet the Very Unusual Republican Running Against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

She's a hero to progressives and a top target for national Republicans. But the New York GOP isn't putting up much of a fight in the 14th Congressional district. Here's why. 

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