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:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Finding a restaurant where you can order a glass of wine in the state isn’t easy. The state’s liquor laws were set after Prohibition to limit access to alcohol. Not a lot has changed.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
In 1997, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered millions of dollars in additional funding to 31 of the poorest school districts in the state. Camden alone spends about $23,000 per student per year.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
New Jersey Democrats want the power to require the Port Authority to appear before legislative hearings. And now New York lawmakers have introduced bills to do the same.
Monday, April 25, 2016
It's one of the loudest debates in education: whether spending more money adds up to better test scores and graduation rates.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday he'll make close to $20 million in "incentive funding" available to the City Board of Elections if the agency agrees to implement reforms.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
This story is part of the NPR reporting project "School Money," which explores how states pay for public schools — and why many are failing to meet the needs of their most vulnerable.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Amid criticism that the governor has been diverting money away from lead abatement, he said he'd allocate an additional $10 million to prevent lead poisoning from paint in old homes.
Friday, April 01, 2016
A roundtable of reporters discuss their stories about lead contamination in the water at local schools and lead paint violations plaguing some of the poorest areas of New York City.
Friday, March 25, 2016
One of the nation's top researchers on lead dangers in water says there's a need for more extensive and rigorous testing in older schools across the country.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Public schools that get their water from public water systems are not required to test for lead, according to the New Jersey environment agency.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
WNYC asked Newark Public Schools if they could say with certainty that the past year's water results were properly analyzed and cleared. They couldn't.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The NYPD's newest crime statistics map, CompStat 2.0, was viewed 75,000 times in its first week. But the WNYC Data News Team says we should be careful how much we read into it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Students in the class Privacy Law in a Digital Age try to find the balance between privacy, law enforcement and safety.
Monday, February 08, 2016
In 2002, Camden schools were advised to switch to bottled water after a report found high lead levels in water samples. Today, students still can't drink the water from several schools.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
There's a higher percentage of children with elevated levels of lead in their blood in 11 New Jersey cities and 2 counties than in Flint, MI, according to advocacy groups.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
HUD's secretary blames New Jersey's "weaker application" for why the state won just $15 million out of $1 billion nationally to fight against floods, fires, drought and other disasters.
Monday, January 18, 2016
If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, Mayor de Blasio says he would scold the country for "going backwards on voting rights" and allowing educational disparities.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Local elected officials urged a Crown Heights congregation to continue Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's fight for social justice and equal rights.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Eating any fish from the Lower Passaic can cause cancer, liver damage and reproductive issues. Now, companies who polluted the river are swapping contaminated fish for frozen fillets.