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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.

Report finds decrease in mental health help for Black and Latino students

By: - September 7, 2022

The report finds access to mental health staff in school has been declining for Black and Latino students since 2008.

Families left to find new schools as charters are denied permission to expand

By: - September 6, 2022

Charter school supporters say they are unfairly denied expansion by the Murphy administration.

N.J. Supreme Court nomination will finally move forward, 18 months later

By: - September 2, 2022

A Bergen County Republican who had been blocking Gov. Phil Murphy's nominee to the high court has agreed to allow the nomination to proceed

Harm reduction advocates gather in Newark to bring awareness to drug overdoses

By: - August 31, 2022

The digital installation is part of the nationwide campaign to support harm reduction.

New York and New Jersey head down opposite paths to tackle traffic congestion

By: - August 31, 2022

In New York, officials are backing a plan to discourage more cars from entering Manhattan. In New Jersey, officials are behind the type of plan economists say encourages more cars.

New Jersey won’t tax student loan debt forgiven by Biden plan

By: - August 25, 2022

The federal government and some states consider canceled debt taxable income, but New Jersey does not.

Residents of Newark track trucks to highlight air pollution

By: - August 25, 2022

More than 3,000 garbage trucks, buses, car carriers, and tractor-trailers drove through five Newark intersections Wednesday.

Car insurance bills shine spotlight on lawmaker ethics

By: - August 23, 2022

Bills sponsored by Senate President Nicholas Scutari have been slammed by critics who say they will boost car insurance costs for motorists and enrich attorneys like himself.

New Jersey launches new student loan program

By: - August 18, 2022

The loans will be available for up to 300 college students training for careers in information technology, health care, and more.

Case of embattled councilwoman shines spotlight on N.J.’s tough recall law

By: - August 17, 2022

Any effort to recall Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise — or any New Jersey elected official — would require petitioners to climb a steep hurdle.

Governor Murphy drops testing mandate for unvaccinated teachers, state workers

By: - August 15, 2022

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have pushed for Murphy to drop the vaccinate-or-test requirement.

More tenant protections for senior citizens, people with disabilities under new bill

By: - August 15, 2022

Lawmakers want to extend the time senior citizens and people with disabilities have certain tenancy protections under state law.