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:

'Planet Money' breaks down the price of a gallon of gasoline

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Planet Money investigates how exactly gas stations determine how much a gallon is going to cost us, and why those numbers are so volatile.


Expiration dates lead to lots of food waste, though these dates vary widely by state

Thursday, July 28, 2022

In Idaho, milk can be sold for 21 days after it's pasteurized. In Montana, it's just 12 days. The science is the same. But food dates are all over the place, and it leads to a lot of food waste.


The team at Planet Money dives into the milk industry of Montana

Thursday, July 28, 2022

There are some pretty weird state laws concerning food dates. A Montana law ensures Montanans have the freshest milk in the country. But that leads to good milk going down the drain everyday.


Russia lowers its oil prices after buyers self-sanction

Friday, March 04, 2022

Sanctions against Russia have so far steered clear of Russian oil. But some companies are self imposing sanctions anyway.


A Lot Of People Blame Baby Boomers For The Housing Shortage, But It's Not So Simple

Friday, July 30, 2021

Baby boomers have the biggest share of real estate wealth in the U.S. and aren't selling their homes as they grow old. So some people blame boomers for the housing shortage. But is that really fair?


Planet Money: Why Aren't There Enough Skilled People To Build Houses?

Friday, July 30, 2021

There is a housing supply shortage in the U.S. The solution should be to build more houses. The problem? There aren't enough people who know how to build them.


Stanford's 'Marriage Pact' Is Actually A Great Way To Understand Economic Markets

Friday, April 09, 2021

At Stanford University, an assignment for a class on markets led to an experiment using economic thinking to match undergrads together romantically. It's a great way to understand many other markets.


Planet Money: Fine And Punishment

Friday, February 12, 2021

After someone serves their prison time, pays their debt to society, they often face another round of actual debt. Fees can pile up, and often, the fees have nothing to do with the crime.


Does U.S. Have Enough Dry Ice For COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution?

Thursday, December 24, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines must be kept at low temperatures. And to move ampuls between freezers, specialists use dry ice. NPR explores whether the U.S. has enough of it to ensure smooth vaccine distribution.


History Of How The Tax Code Allowed Businesses To Carry Their Losses Forward

Friday, October 02, 2020

Losing a lot of money is one way to avoid paying taxes. The tax code rewards losses, which become gifts that keep on giving for years. NPR explores the history of this practice and how it evolved.


Does Alcohol To Go Have A Chance To Survive The Pandemic?

Friday, September 18, 2020

Alcohol to go used to be sold at restaurants in party spots such as New Orleans and Las Vegas. But during the pandemic, restaurants all over the country have started offering takeout cocktails.


Coronavirus Pandemic Sparks Movement To Rethink Incarceration

Friday, July 24, 2020

For decades, Democrats and Republicans competed to be toughest on crime. But that's changing. NPR's Planet Money podcast explores the changing views on prisons in Oklahoma.


Nose Pipe, Milkmaids And Death Row Inmates: A Look At The History Of The 1st Vaccine

Friday, June 19, 2020

The idea of vaccination is almost 2,000 years old. The story of the very first vaccine involves a nose pipe, milkmaids, death row inmates, and a beautiful woman out for revenge.


People Can't See It, But This Grocery Worker Still Wears Lipstick Under Her Mask

Friday, May 29, 2020

As a low-wage worker, Yesenia Ortiz wishes she would get paid more during the pandemic because of the extra level of risk to which she is exposed.


Why Essential Workers Are Not Paid More After Their Jobs Got Risky

Friday, May 22, 2020

In a competitive labor market, employers would need to pay workers more money for riskier jobs. But now, essential workers are making as much money as they were before the pandemic.


How Government Agencies Determine The Dollar Value Of Human Life

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Reopening the economy requires contemplating the trade-off between lives and money. Government agencies are already used to putting dollar values on human life when considering safety regulations.


Farm Workers Can't Keep Their Distance, And Can't Get Into The U.S. To Work

Friday, March 27, 2020

The people who harvest food face two challenges right now: tighter border controls keeping many away from the fields, and cramped living quarters that make social distancing almost impossible.


Hurricane Irma May Have Destroyed Barbuda's Generations-Old Land System

Friday, February 07, 2020

In the Caribbean island of Barbuda, land is not bought or sold. Put up a fence and the land is yours forever, for free — if you're Barbudan. But now there is a plan to start selling it.


Some Of The Biggest Companies Are Reinventing How We Get Paid And How Often

Thursday, December 19, 2019

For years, low wage workers have had to wait two weeks between paychecks, a long time. But technology and a tight labor market could be changing that.


Decades Ago, British Economist Created The Framework For A Carbon Tax

Thursday, November 07, 2019

More than 100 hundred years ago, British economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. His insight is being used to fight climate change.