• President Barack Obama delivers remarks after attending a roundtable meeting at Rutgers University Law & Justice Center in Newark, New Jersey, Monday. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters
    November 2, 2015  

    NEWARK, N.J. — President Barack Obama toured a drug rehab and met with former inmates Monday in the rough-and-tumble city of Newark, calling on the nation to ensure those regaining their freedom get a second chance instead of a return ticket to prison. Although his visit boosted his campaign for a criminal justice overhaul, it also pulled the president into a war of words with presidential candidate and GOP Gov. Chris Christie. Continue reading

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    October 23, 2015  

    Five years ago, Gov. Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and former Mayor Cory Booker launched an ambitious plan to remake Newark’s schools by creating a network of charter schools that would operate almost like a business — a model they hoped could be adopted nationally. William Brangham speaks to Dale Russakoff about her new book, “The Prize,” which chronicles the reform efforts. Continue reading

  • Sophie Sabin, Gwen Ifill and Kennedy Huff meet during PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs conference in August 2014. Photo by Seth Ram.
    June 18, 2015   BY Corinne Segal 

    This April, Gwen Ifill received a letter that began: “Dear Ms. Ifill, I hope you remember me, but if you do not, my name is Sophie Sabin.” That letter became a catalyst to an inspirational moment for hundreds of middle school students in Newark, New Jersey, today. Continue reading

  • October 17, 2013  

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be New Jersey’s first African-American senator, having been elected to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. Gwen Ifill talks to Booker about his win, his legislative priorities and how he plans to pursue "uncommon coalitions for uncommon results" with his fellow lawmakers. Continue reading

  • March 20, 2013  

    In his new book, "Living and Dying in Brick City," Dr. Sampson Davis recounts his return to his hometown of Newark, N.J., as an emergency room physician. Ray Suarez talks with Davis about working on the front lines of his community and his insights on the systematic public health challenges he sees his patients facing each day. Continue reading

  • September 4, 2012  

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker is the chair of the Democratic Platform for the 2012 Convention. In this excerpt of his speech on the Party platform, he said, “It’s not about politics. It’s about pragmatism.” He touched upon predatory lending, taxes and fostering a “large and robust middle class.” Continue reading

  • July 23, 2009  

    In other news, better-than-expected earnings from several companies, combined with strong housing figures pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 9,000 for the first time since January, and three mayors in New Jersey were arrested on corruption charges. Continue reading