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Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for NJ.com, shined a spotlight on the state’s crumbling unemployment system and won several awards for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her report on PetSmart's grooming practices, which was also recognized by the New York Press Club. Sophie speaks Spanish and is proud to connect to the Latinx community through her reporting.

Deportation order for N.J. man reversed after appeals court ruling

By: - February 3, 2023

Judge Theodore McKee's decision tells immigration judges to empathize with the migrants whose lives they hold in their hands and warns lower courts that they had already been cautioned to check their bias.

17 staffing agencies fighting temp worker bill not registered to operate, state says

By: - February 2, 2023

Staffing agencies are fighting a bill that would offer job protections to temporary workers.

Lawmaker wants to create a state ‘learning loss czar’

By: - February 1, 2023

The learning loss czar would be appointed by the governor and act as a liaison between their office and the Department of Education.

Family of man killed by Newark police officer wants federal probe

By: - January 31, 2023

More than two years after Carl Dorsey was killed by a Newark police officer, his family is demanding a federal investigation.

N.J. honors Japanese man who fought internment camps

By: - January 31, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a resolution marking Jan. 30 as a day of recognition for Fred Korematsu, known for fighting Japanese internment camps in the 1940s. 

Fertility fraud would become a crime under bill passed by Assembly

By: - January 26, 2023

The Assembly had a busy session on Thursday, approving bills ranging from making fertility fraud a crime to establishing Kimchi Day.

Jersey City councilwoman loses driver’s license, pays $5K fine for hit-and-run

By: - January 24, 2023

Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise admitted that she left the scene of an accident in July after striking a cyclist with her SUV.

Bill would require schools to let students use preferred names on diplomas

By: - January 24, 2023

The bill would allow New Jersey students to put their preferred names on their diplomas without getting a legal name change.

Two troubled N.J. veterans homes would see mandatory upgrades under new bill

By: - January 24, 2023

COVID-19 devastated the two nursing homes, which saw 200 deaths of residents and staff members and more than 400 infections as the virus initially swept through the state.

Lawmakers want more cybersecurity training for government workers

By: - January 20, 2023

The bills would mandate state workers receive cybersecurity training and direct government agencies to review their digital infrastructure.

Assembly panel advances bill making ‘sextortion’ a crime

By: - January 19, 2023

The FBI said reports of sexual extortion among minors, primarily teenage boys, doubled between 2018 and 2022.

N.J. expands health care coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status

By: - January 19, 2023

The change is the newest phase of an initiative intended to provide access to health care for all New Jerseyans under 19 years old.