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:

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.


Community Fridge Arrives in Mott Haven

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Teachers at The American Dream School have joined forces with the Bronx Community Foundation to bring a new open-access refrigerator to Mott Haven.


NYC Schools Launch Monthly Covid Testing Program

Friday, October 09, 2020

The New York City public school system has started a monthly random Covid-19 testing program. 


Explaining the New COVID Closures in Brooklyn and Queens

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Jake Dobkin and Jessica Gould breakdown the new COVID restrictions in Brooklyn and Queens, and what it means for schools, businesses and residents.

Governor Maps Out New Restrictions in COVID Hotspots

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Governor Cuomo is ordering additional restrictions on non-essential businesses, large gatherings, and schools in areas that are experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases.


New York City Moves to Temporarily Close Businesses and Schools In Hotspot Zip Codes

Monday, October 05, 2020

Just days after Mayor de Blasio reopened all of New York City’s public schools to in-person learning, he’s looking to reverse course in some neighborhoods.


New York City's Major Milestone: Students Return To School

Friday, October 02, 2020

The city reopened its public elementary, middle and high schools, but rising cases in multiple neighborhoods put parents and educators on edge.


Teenagers Make Hard Choices Around Returning To School

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

So many students say they’re ready to get away from screens and back to school. But they have other things, and other people, to consider.


New York City Education Updates

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

 Reporters Jessica Gould and Sophia Chang discuss the state of New York City public schools.


Masks And Handwashing But No Hugs In Pre-K During Covid

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In-person learning is underway in NYC public schools, starting first with the city's youngest students and those in District 75 special education programs. 


Another New York City School Reopening Delay Continues to Confuse Parents and Teachers

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Elementary schools will now start on Sept. 29. Middle and high school will start two days later. Only 3-K, Pre-K, and District 75 are back in class on Monday.


Online Orientation Kicks Off At New York City Public Schools

Thursday, September 17, 2020

In a kind of a soft launch, a million-plus public school students are supposed to be logging on for orientation before the first full day on Monday.


NYC Public School Students Start 'Orientation' Amid Reopening Anxiety

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

As staffers race to get school buildings ready for Monday's return of in-person classes, students are beginning three days of online orientation.


NYC Schools Prepare to Open

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A closer look at the hygiene and ventilation in New York City schools as they prepare to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Cases Among Public School School Staff Stoke Anxiety

Thursday, September 10, 2020

United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew says he knows of 16 staffers at 16 separate schools who've tested positive so far this month.


Plenty of Anxiety As NYC Teachers Head Back To School

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

New York City public school teachers are returning to their classrooms for the first time since March as they race to get ready for the new school year.


An NYC Schools Update

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

WNYC reporter Jessica Gould joins us for an update on city schools.


Some NYC Teachers Say A Delay Is Not Enough To Make Public Schools Safe

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Some teachers say they're relieved to avoid a strike and get extra time. But others say schools still don't have enough money for the staff and safety upgrades they need.