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:

Keeping Score: Part 3

Thursday, June 23, 2022

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

Keeping Score: Part 2

Thursday, June 16, 2022

How did the schools in the John Jay building become divided in the first place?

Ditmas Park Porch Concerts Evolve Into Music Program For Students

Thursday, June 16, 2022

A musical tradition that began as a solo act during the loneliest days of the pandemic has blossomed into an ensemble.


Keeping Score: Part 1

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Two sports programs – rivals under a single roof – are set to merge. Students ask what it will take for the building to live up to its new motto: “We Are One.”

Changes Coming to NYC Schools

Friday, June 03, 2022

Jessica Gould reports on education-related changes as the NY State legislative session ends. 

After Texas massacre, some parents call for public school front doors to be locked

Saturday, May 28, 2022

City officials said the front entrance is supposed to be unlocked for emergencies, but they are reviewing the policy. 


Adams Administration Promises Overhaul Of Public School Funding

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Parents and advocates say Fair Student Funding isn't fair enough. 


Mayor Adams Promises Universal Dyslexia Screening and More Intervention

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Adams says he didn't realize he had dyslexia until he was in college; he doesn't want today's students to face the same challenges.


Summer School Grant for Charter Students

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

WNYC reporter Jessica Gould on Michael Bloomberg's grant to City charter school students for summer classes.

New York City public schools go mask optional

Monday, March 07, 2022

After nearly two years, students will be allowed in classrooms with teachers without masks. 


NYC Schools Chancellor Lays Out Vision

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Schools Chancellor David Banks says his agency has a huge budget but is plagued with dysfunction, despite many educators' best efforts.


This Week in Mask Mandates: New Jersey to Stop Requiring Masks in Schools

Saturday, February 12, 2022

New Jersey and Connecticut prepare to end mask mandates in schools. New York isn't quite there yet. 


What Do Students Want?

Friday, January 14, 2022

The COVID surge has muddied the start to 2022 in New York City's public schools. But is a temporary switch to remote learning the right decision?

Mayor Adams Says He Will Consider A Remote Option for NYC Students

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Administrators say a remote option would be a logistical feat at this point. 

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Some NYC Public School Students Stage Walkout For School Safety

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Amid a tidal wave of Covid-19 cases, hundreds of New York City public school students walked out of classes calling for a shift to remote or hybrid learning.


NYC Public Schools Struggle With Staffing Shortages

Thursday, January 06, 2022

With absences high and attendance low, schools scramble to cover classrooms


New York City Public Schools Reopen Amid Record High Cases During Omicron Surge

Monday, January 03, 2022

The city is launching new policies around testing and quarantines for staff and students.


Friday Morning Roundup: New NYC Schools Chancellor, Tish James Drops Out and More

Friday, December 10, 2021

Jessica Gould on the incoming schools chancellor and Laura Nahmias discusses a big stack of news in local politics. 

David Banks to Become New York City's New Schools Chancellor

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Banks will helm the nation’s largest school system as it reels from the health, academic and emotional impacts of the pandemic. 


'Grading' Mayor de Blasio

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

WNYC reporters Elizabeth Kim, Jessica Gould, and Stephen Nessen review NYC Mayor de Blasio's accomplishments.