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:

NYC Raises The Threshold For Public School Closure

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Individual schools will now close if there are four or more coronavirus cases, but only if there's evidence that any of them was caused by exposure inside school. 


NYC Schools Update: The Opt-In Period and a Complicated New Four-Case Rule

Thursday, April 08, 2021

An NYC public schools update with WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould.

New York State Budget Comes With Major Funding Boost For Education

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

The budget will meet the requirements of a longstanding and unfulfilled court mandate. 

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NYC Mayor Promises To Replace 'Two Case Closure' Rule For Public Schools

Monday, April 05, 2021

The mayor says he's still working out updated guidelines with the unions. 


Educator Vaccinations Are On The Rise in New York City

Friday, April 02, 2021

A few weeks ago, Mayor de Blasio said 40-thousand public school employees had been vaccinated. Now, he says that recorded figure has grown to 65,000.


Education Advocates Look To New York State Budget For Details of Federal Windfall

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Federal stimulus money could be transformative for New York City’s public school system. But days before the state's budget deadline, it’s not fully clear how much is coming or when.


NYC To Expand Free Program For Three-Year-Olds

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

New York City is nearly doubling the slots available for three-year-olds in its free 3K program this fall.


NYC Teen Podcasters Investigate Mental Health Issues and Supports

Monday, March 15, 2021

Students with the Miseducation podcast are working on a new season based on their experiences during the pandemic. They're calling it 'Unmuted.'

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This Pandemic Year in the NYC Schools

Monday, March 15, 2021

A year after NYC schools shut down, Jessica Gould joins us to look back at what has been overcome and what is still to come. 

A Look Back On A Tumultuous Year Of School In New York City

Monday, March 15, 2021

We hear the voices of the largest school system in the nation as they navigated an unprecedented year of turmoil during the pandemic.

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NYC Schools With Worst Attendance Are In COVID Hot Zones

Sunday, March 14, 2021

WNYC/Gothamist worked with the Independent Budget Office to map where attendance is lowest in public schools.


NYC Public High School Buildings To Reopen March 22nd

Monday, March 08, 2021

The Public School Athletic League is also set to resume in April.


New York City Is Getting A New Schools Chancellor In The Midst Of The Pandemic

Friday, February 26, 2021

Richard Carranza is stepping down. He'll be replaced by Meisha Porter, the top superintendent of Bronx schools.


NYC Middle Schools To Reopen To In-Person Students Thursday

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The schools have been fully remote since November, and many students are choosing to keep staying out of the classroom.


New York Seeks To Cancel Some Standardized Tests

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The federal government says states must move forward with certain standardized tests this year but New York students may not need to take as many.


Judge Rules In Favor of Charter Schools Seeking Access to City Testing Program

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The city has been testing a sample of students and staff at each public school weekly. But it's refused to extend the program to charters.


NYC Public Middle Schools To Reopen February 25th

Monday, February 08, 2021

Officials said middle school educators will get priority for vaccinations the week before.


The Pandemic Is Shaking Up and Slowing Down the College Application Process

Monday, February 08, 2021

Applying to college is a huge lift any time, but it’s been an even bigger burden for some New York City Public School seniors this year.


Enrollment Continues to Increase at NYC Charter Schools

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

More students have been choosing charter schools while enrollment at the city's traditional public schools goes down.


NYC Kindergarten Teacher Pens Black Lives Matter Activity Book For Kids

Monday, February 01, 2021

Laleña Garcia wrote What We Believe with illustrator Caryn Davidson.