Sarah Gonzalez

Reporter, WNYC/NJPR

Sarah Aida Gonzalez was the youth and families reporter at WNYC. She dug deep into data and documents to reveal systemic inequalities in New Jersey’s foster care system, and into how the state prosecutes minors and disciplines federal immigration detainees

Sarah received the 2017 Daniel Schorr Prize, awarded to a public radio reporter under age 35, and was named a finalist for the 2017 Livingston Awards for young journalists. Her investigative and feature reporting has received a national Edward R. Murrow award, and national awards from PRNDI, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Education Writer’s Association. Her investigation into Florida charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities received an Online News Association award for Innovative Investigative Journalism.

Sarah graduated from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2009. She grew up on the San Diego/Tijuana, Mexico border.


Sarah Gonzalez appears in the following:

Helium Shortage Forces A Search For New Sources

Friday, August 23, 2019

The U.S. government may have helped create the current helium shortage, and now people are looking for new sources of the gas.


China's New Recycling Policy Could Give U.S. An Opportunity To Rethink Its Process

Thursday, August 01, 2019

More recycling isn't always good for the environment. Now that China is buying less recyclables, cities are shoving their water bottles and cardboard boxes into the trash pile. And it might be OK.


Recycling And The Mob

Thursday, August 01, 2019

We kind of owe recycling to the Mafia and a 1987 garbage barge that couldn't dock anywhere. That's when cities started sending trucks to everyone's homes to pick up glass bottles and cardboard boxes.


NYC Invests In Permanent Housing For Homeless. Will Phase Out Hotel Use

Thursday, June 06, 2019

New York City has a law that guarantees everyone a right to shelter, but there aren't enough homeless shelters. The city has turned to renting out hotel rooms.


Planet Money: Dollar Stores' Effects On Communities

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Every day, four new dollar stores will open in the U.S. Dollar stores open in places where few other businesses will go: rural and urban areas. They're threatening businesses that survived Walmart.


Episode 909: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Friday, April 26, 2019

Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollars are opening up stores every six hours around the country. Some towns are fighting them.


Episode 904: Joke Theft

Saturday, April 06, 2019

We follow the founder of f*ckjerry and comedian Jim Mendrinos into the world of comedy. Where a whole series of informal sanctions are deployed to protect jokes from theft.


Episode 901: Bad Cops Are Expensive

Friday, March 22, 2019

There's an entire, powerful industry pushing behind the scenes for better police behavior--not with protests or picket signs, but spreadsheets and actuaries.


Stolen Gasoline Is Smuggled All Over The World, U.N. Says

Friday, March 22, 2019

Mexico's president is taking steps to stop cartels from stealing gas, but it is unlikely to make a difference. The U.N. says gas is smuggled in Coke bottles and by unmanned donkeys and pirate ships.


Episode 899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates

Friday, March 08, 2019

Cartels in Mexico aren't just trafficking in drugs anymore; they're also stealing fuel. The Mexican Government is taking action to cut them off. But it's costing a lot of money, and lives.


Episode 418: A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.


What Happened When Panera Launched A 'Pay What You Can' Experiment

Thursday, January 24, 2019

In 2010, Panera launched an experiment at a few of their cafes. They told customers: Pay what you can afford. NPR's Planet Money looks at how that experiment turned out.


Episode 889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

Friday, January 18, 2019

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: We talk to Panera founder Ron Shaich about how this turned out.


Looking Back On The First Government Shutdown In U.S. History

Friday, January 18, 2019

The first government shutdown in history was in 1879, when former Confederate Democrats in Congress refused to fund the government unless protections for black voters went away.


Episode 888: The First Shutdown

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.


Episode 885: Do It For Your Country

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?


Episode 881: The Prisoners Of The Trade War

Friday, December 14, 2018

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. And then the arrests started.


Episode 879: The Secret Target

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Federal Reserve spends a lot of effort trying to target the level of inflation to about 2 percent. Why? Because tiny New Zealand did it first.


Episode 877: The Laws Of The Office

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?


Episode 875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

Friday, November 09, 2018

The market for beef explains a lot about what works about the relationship between Mexico and the U.S.