Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Munoz

Sophie Nieto-Muñoz, a New Jersey native and former Trenton statehouse reporter for, 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.

Doctors seek to educate people on later abortions in post-Roe era

By: - July 20, 2022

Doctors and abortion experts say it’s more important than ever to dispel stereotypes surrounding later abortions.

Worker dies at Amazon warehouse in Carteret

By: - July 19, 2022

The death occurred on one of the online retailer's busiest sale days.

Economists question lawmakers’ plans to address inflation

By: - July 18, 2022

Lawmakers have offered some bills they say would help consumers struggling with inflation, but economists question whether they would work.

Bank of America fined for mishandling unemployment debit cards during pandemic

By: - July 18, 2022

A fault fraud filter led to delays for jobless claimants nationwide obtaining their benefits, federal regulators said last week.

Changes coming to jury selection in New Jersey

By: - July 14, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court is making about two dozen changes to jury selection intended to reduce bias when jurors are chosen for trials.

New Jersey is 19th deadliest state for pedestrians, new report says

By: - July 13, 2022

Last year 220 pedestrians were killed on New Jersey roadways, along with 23 cyclists, 373 drivers, and 84 passengers, according to New Jersey State Police data.

Lawmaker renews push for 10-year-old bill after millions paid out on unused sick leave

By: - July 8, 2022

One lawmaker is renewing her push for bills she introduced over a decade ago that would have prohibited sick-leave payouts after a watchdog report revealed those payouts cost the state millions of dollars.  The bills Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union) introduced in 2008 and 2012 would bar payouts to public employees for accumulated unused sick time […]

Amazon/Newark airport deal falls through, and activists are celebrating

By: - July 7, 2022

A deal between Amazon and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a massive freight air hub at Newark Liberty International Airport has fallen through, after nearly a year of opposition from grassroots activists and lawmakers.  It’s unclear why the controversial $432 million project — which would have revamped two buildings at […]

Teens in N.J. can work longer summer hours under new law

By: - July 6, 2022

Teens can now work longer shifts during the summer months under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law in the midst of the busy shore season.  The legislation (A422) allows 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 50 hours a week — up to 10 hours each day — when they aren’t in school. […]

Murphy signs 7 new gun laws in wake of mass shootings

By: - July 5, 2022

In the wake of a dozen mass shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed seven new laws strengthening New Jersey’s already strict gun regulations.  “They are common sense, they are smart, they live up to our Jersey values,” Murphy told supporters who gathered to watch the bill-signing at Metuchen’s municipal […]

It’s summer recess for the N.J. Legislature too, leaving some bills in legislative limbo

By: and - July 5, 2022

The last few weeks of June is a dizzying time at the Statehouse in Trenton, with some bills flying through the Legislature faster than Danica Patrick rounds a curve at the racetrack. But it’s also a time when plenty of bills stall, derailed by community outcry, backroom balking, or disinterest by the legislative leaders who […]

Six N.J. municipal websites tell marriage license applicants they must be of opposite sex

By: - July 5, 2022

A Fairview woman seeking a marriage license discovered her town's website still says same-sex couples are not eligible to get married.