Sarah Gonzalez

Reporter, WNYC/NJPR

Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.

Her investigative and feature reporting has received national awards by the Education Writer’s Association, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and PRNDI, and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Her investigation into charter schools turning away students with severe disabilities was awarded an Online News Association award for Innovative, Investigative Journalism. The San Diego native graduated from Mills College in Oakland in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and journalism. Follow her @GonzalezSarahA

Sarah Gonzalez appears in the following:

Does the Punishment Fit the Crime For Immigrant Detainees in NJ?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A recent WNYC investigation found that immigrants detained at a facility in New Jersey were being placed in solitary for seemingly arbitrary reasons, like refusing to eat breakfast.

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Alone and Isolated, the Punishment Piles on for Immigrant Detainees

Monday, November 09, 2015

A WNYC investigation reveals that immigrant detainees in New Jersey are sent to solitary confinement for non-violent and, at times, perplexing reasons.

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Jersey City To Reclaim Control of Schools, 26 Years After State Takeover

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

New Jersey Public Radio
The state Board of Education says Jersey City is ready to regain full control of its school system, after 26 years under state authority.


How Booker, Christie Spent the $100 Million Facebook Donation

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

A new book reveals how Sen. Booker and Gov. Christie chose to use private philanthropy, instead of public funding, to transform Newark schools—without public approval.


Newark Mayor Gives Free School Supplies, Lunch to Kids at Housing Projects

Monday, September 07, 2015

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka handed out about 3,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students at housing projects and houses of worship, as part of his Back To School Bus Tour.
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Environmental Groups Keep Pushing for Rejection of Exxon Settlement

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Superior Court judge is expected to hear arguments on the proposed pollution settlement between ExxonMobil and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Thursday.

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Hospital Struggles to Stay Open Awaiting Christie Approval to Sell to Highest Bidder

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A hospital in Newark is $230 million in debt and struggling to stay open. There’s a willing buyer, but the state hasn’t approved the deal yet, and doctors are starting to leave. 

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Environmental Group Asks to Intervene in Exxon Mobil Case

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Natural Resources Defense Council says New Jersey breached its duty to protect public resources when it accepted a $225 million settlement with Exxon. 


Hundreds of Teachers, Public Workers Protest Christie's Presidential Bid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teachers and transit employees from across New Jersey say Gov. Christie has turned his back on public workers. 

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New Jersey Debates Gun Laws and Domestic Violence Victims

Monday, June 22, 2015

A set of bills in the New Jersey legislature seek to make it harder for domestic violence abusers to keep their guns, and make it easier for victims to obtain them. 

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NJ Man Arrested for Allegedly Planning to Join ISIS

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A New Jersey man is being held without bail for allegedly planning to provide resources and fighters to the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State.  


Kalief Browder Laid to Rest

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

His mother said “extreme paranoia was eating at Kalief and tearing him apart,” before his suicide, and since his release from Rikers Island, where he spent three years without a trial.

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NJ Democrats Introduce Reforms to 'Outdated' Voting Laws

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weeks after the worst voter turnout in New Jersey in 90 years, leading Democrats want to overhaul the state’s voting laws, which they say deter participation.


Photos: Puerto Rican Day Parade

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thousands of New Yorkers dressed in the colors of the Puerto Rican flag lined 5th Avenue for the city's annual Puerto Rican Day parade. 

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NJ Lawmakers Push Back on Disabled Residents' Return Plan

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Close to 400 New Jerseyans with disabilities are in out-of-state facilities. Gov. Christie wants to bring them back, but some say the state can't provide the level of care they require.


Newark Makes Bid for a Casino

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The mayor of Newark said a casino and accompanying convention center, hotel and restaurants could bring more than 4,000 permanent jobs to the city and $1 billion in total revenue. 

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Activists Demand Probe of Tear Gas Use at NJ Concert

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The ACLU of New Jersey is calling for an investigation into police tactics outside a hip hop concert at MetLife Stadium.


70 Percent of Families Get Top Pre-K School Choice

Monday, June 08, 2015

All 70,000 children who signed up for pre-K for next school year will have a seat. 
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Almost Half Of Camden, N.J. Students Graduate On Appeal

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Multiple pathways to graduation: lifeline, or loophole?


NY State Offers $100,000 Reward for Escaped Prisoners

Sunday, June 07, 2015

The governor said the state is offering the reward for information leading to the apprehension of two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York.