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:

New York City Public Schools Say This Will Be The Last Year Of The 'Gifted' Test For Kindergarten

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The test is scheduled to be given to four-year-olds for the last time this spring.


Vaccinations Begin for New York's Educators

Monday, January 11, 2021

Educators are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in New York. Officials are asking school staff working remotely to give in-person colleagues first dibs on slots.


School Nurses, Therapists Cleared For Covid-19 Vaccinations

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Governor Cuomo says, after more health care workers are vaccinated, local governments can move on to vaccinating more educators, fire fighters, police and people over 75.


Educators Struggle To Keep Track Of Kids During The Pandemic

Friday, December 11, 2020

With attendance down compared to the pre-pandemic average, educators are scrambling to account for students and keep them engaged.


Mayor de Blasio Outlines Framework For Addressing Learning Loss

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Educators say they're glad the city is looking at how to address learning loss, but they'd like to see officials move quickly to provide details and implement a plan.


NYC Begins Phased Public School Reopening With Elementary and District 75 Students

Monday, December 07, 2020

With cases rising, the city reopens schools to its youngest students and some special education programs.


Kate Has a Plan... But What About NYC Schools?

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds and WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould join us to discuss schools news and other stories the newsroom is following this week.

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New York City's School Buildings Shutdown (Again)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Jessica Gould and Brigid Bergin break down the latest on citywide school closures.

With NYC Public Schools Closed Again, All Eyes On What's Next

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The mayor says any reopening plan will include expanded Covid testing at schools. But so far less than half of in-person families have consented.


As Infection Rates Rise, New York City Closes Public School Buildings Once Again

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Now students will have to continue school from home until the week after Thanksgiving at least.


Parents In Suspense Over Public School Closures

Monday, November 16, 2020

 All eyes are on the infection numbers: if they go up, students who've been attending school in person would go all remote.


The Latest on NYC Schools as COVID Spreads

Monday, November 16, 2020

WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talks about the latest news on school closures.

NYC's Public Schools Nearing Covid Threshold To Close

Friday, November 13, 2020

Mayor de Blasio says he will shut schools if the average citywide test positivity rate hits 3 percent. It's getting close.


NYC Parents Push Back Against Potential School Closures

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mayor de Blasio says he will shut down the school system if the city's average seven-day positive test rate goes above three percent.


The Hybrid Learning Choice

Monday, November 09, 2020

Jessica Gould breaks down the city's hybrid learning option and listeners call in to discuss. 

New York Regents Test for January Is Canceled Due To Pandemic

Thursday, November 05, 2020

State education officials say they made the call because of safety and equity concerns during the pandemic.


Redeployed Teachers Go From Behind The Scenes To Head Of The Class

Saturday, October 31, 2020

In New York City, thousands of certified teachers working desk jobs are being deployed back to the field.


Parents of Special Education Students Say Their Children Are Falling Far Behind

Friday, October 23, 2020

In testimony before the New York City Council, parents of students with disabilities said their kids aren't getting the services they need.

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Parents Say Teacher Shortage Hurts Inclusion Classes The Most

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Some children enrolled in the special-education program known as integrated co-teaching (ICT) have only one teacher at a time, rather than the required two.


Majority of Students Choose Remote Learning In NYC Public Schools

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

According to new numbers from New York City's education department, a majority of public school students are choosing to learn exclusively online.