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:

Mayor Adams overhauls literacy for young kids while seeking early education cuts

Friday, February 16, 2024

The new curriculum is part of the administration’s focus on overhauling literacy instruction in a system where only half of elementary and middle school students reach proficiency.


Remote learning at NYC public schools gets off to rocky start

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Educators and parents around the city said they had problems logging on. The education department acknowledged there was a problem.


To keep migrant students in their Brooklyn schools, activist parents try finding them housing

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

As migrant families face eviction from their shelters, some of their Brooklyn neighbors are looking for ways to help them earn money. 


NYC schools have few plans to help older students with dyslexia

Monday, November 20, 2023

Parents and educators say they have seen little to no improvement in the public school system’s ability to help middle and high schoolers with dyslexia. 

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New exhibit in Manhattan tells Holocaust story. Its intended audience? Children

Monday, November 13, 2023

A new exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage introduces young visitors to the Holocaust by by zeroing in on one of the more inspiring, and lesser known, stories of the period.

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Migrant students face schooling uncertainty as NYC gives families 60 days to exit shelter

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Migrant families notified they have 60 days to leave the city’s shelter system say they’re worried their children’s education will be upended just as schools break for Christmas.


The Struggle to get Proper Instruction for Students with Dyslexia in New York City

Monday, October 23, 2023

Story of one family's year-long battle with New York City's Department of Education to help their child receive the specialized instruction required while growing up with dyslexia.

An NYC student’s yearslong struggle to get proper instruction for dyslexia

Monday, September 25, 2023

WNCY followed Matthew Green and his grandmother as they learned he had dyslexia, a revelation that sent them into a complex world of neuropsychiatrists, lawyers and private school.

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NYC Goes Back to School

Thursday, September 07, 2023

How the schools are handling the thousands of new students who are part of the wave of migrants coming to the city, and calls about family members who started school as an immigrant.

Migrant student finds strength in NYC school chess program

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

After a harrowing trip last year from Colombia to the U.S.-Mexico border, an 11-year-old girl has found confidence through a New York City program dedicated to chess.


With test scores low, NYC schools turn to new approach for reading instruction

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

The plan will require elementary schools across the city to shift to a reading curriculum that focuses on phonics and comprehension.


Charter schools' expansion becomes key battle in NY budget negotiations

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The expansion of charter schools in New York has become a central issue in Albany this year as Gov. Kathy Hochul and lawmakers battle over the state’s budget, which is due April 1.


Alligator captured in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Lake continues to be evaluated

Monday, February 20, 2023

A 4-foot-long alligator pulled out of Prospect Park Lake continued to be evaluated at the Bronx Zoo health center on Monday.


New York City's plan for pandemic "learning loss"

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Across the country student achievement plunged during the pandemic. What's the plan for New York City students?


Keeping Score: A Year Inside a Divided Brooklyn High School

Friday, September 09, 2022

By some measures, New York City has the most segregated school system in the country. Four high schools in Brooklyn are focussing their hopes for change on an unlikely target: sports.


Keeping Score: A Year Inside a Divided Brooklyn High School

Friday, September 09, 2022

By some measures, New York City has the most segregated school system in the country. Four high schools in Brooklyn are focussing their hopes for change on an unlikely target: sports.

What's Happening With the NYC Schools Budget

Monday, July 25, 2022

Education reporter Jessica Gould explains the NYC Schools budget cuts and why the numbers are disputed.

Hundreds of couples didn't have a wedding due to COVID - until now

Monday, July 11, 2022

There were older couples and younger ones, gay, straight and nonbinary couples, couples of different races and from different places, all joining together at Lincoln Center.


Keeping Score: Part 4

Thursday, June 30, 2022

After the Jaguars compete in the city championship, students and coaches ask: was it all worth it?

Keeping Score: Part 3

Thursday, June 23, 2022

What does it mean to lead a team in an anti-racist way?