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. You can reach her at [email protected].

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Lawmakers grill Rutgers president on Gaza solidarity encampments

By: - May 9, 2024

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway said it's a precarious time on college campuses since protests have erupted over the war in Gaza.

Lawmakers eye fines for businesses that coerce workers over immigration status

By: - May 9, 2024

No worker should be afraid of reporting their employer for violating labor laws out of fear of being prosecuted for their immigration status, bill sponsor Sen. Teresa Ruiz said.

County officials’ criticism of planned Gaza protest undermined free speech, ACLU says

By: - May 7, 2024

The commissioners said the planned walkout of Camden County high school students last month would have invited anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric.

Lawmakers’ push to protect workers from excessive heat criticized by business groups

By: - May 7, 2024

At least 436 people died from heat exposure between 2011 and 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bill would require pay information in job postings

By: - May 6, 2024

The bill is part of a broader trend toward pay transparency that supporters say is key to closing wage gaps between men and women.

State vows to nix funding for planned museum if revenue projections don’t improve

By: - May 6, 2024

State officials gave Jersey City until the end of the month to show a planned art museum would be financially viable. If not, they plan to yank state support.

Patients fear medical program is failing without intervention from state officials, cannabis agency

By: - May 3, 2024

Since N.J. legalized recreational weed, the 14-year-old medical cannabis program has shrunk — it's down about 50,000 patients since 2022.

Rutgers students — reluctantly — end Gaza solidarity encampment

By: and - May 2, 2024

Four days after launching a Gaza solidarity encampment, Rutgers University students peacefully disassembled, after securing some demands.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. remembered at funeral as ‘dapper,’ compassionate public servant

By: - May 2, 2024

Nearly every speaker remarked on Payne’s fashion sense — his handmade bowties made in Newark, the colorful socks he’d sport, and the glasses he’d switch out to match his outfit. 

U.S. Rep. Rob Menendez seeks reelection as his father’s corruption trial looms

By: - May 2, 2024

The race in the 8th Congressional District — a heavily Democratic one made up mostly of Hudson County towns —is perhaps the state’s nastiest 2024 contest.

New Jersey’s recreational cannabis law doesn’t violate federal law, appellate court says

By: - May 1, 2024

At the center of the fight is a 2021 ordinance allowing cannabis retailers and delivery services to operate within the borough.

Mourners remember Rep. Donald Payne Jr. as humanitarian, New Jersey advocate

By: - May 1, 2024

Hundreds lined up outside the Essex County Courthouse Wednesday to pay their respects to late Congressman Donald Payne Jr.