Hannah Gross covers education and child welfare in New Jersey for NJ Spotlight News, a nonprofit news organization. Previously, Gross reported for NBC10 Philadelphia and Telemundo 62, where she covered gun violence prevention efforts in Philadelphia, a chemical spill in the Delaware River and other local issues in English and Spanish. She has also held education reporting internships at the National Education Association and Forbes. Gross graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She spent most of her college career reporting for NBC10 Philadelphia, Telemundo 62 and her school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. Gross hails from South Orange, NJ where she got her start as a journalist working for The Columbian, the student-run newspaper at Columbia High School in Maplewood. There, she reported on school segregation, mental health and student drug use. Gross is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She enjoys baking, reading and making jewelry.
Beat: Education and child welfare
This reporter focuses on the full spectrum of education and children’s services in New Jersey—from preschool through college—and looks especially through the lens of equity and opportunity. This position works closely with the NJ Spotlight News editorial team to produce in-depth digital content, with opportunities to broaden the reach of this reporting across our newsroom platforms.