Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation-American journalist who covers state government for New York Public Radio.

Rouse has been a newspaper reporter for The Denver Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Bergen Record (N.J.). She has won awards for coverage of charter school funding, issues of race, and an investigation of NJ Transit’s mishandling of rail equipment during Hurricane Sandy.

She earned her B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Cuomo Vows to Close Campaign Contribution Loophole. Again.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Real ethics reform, or a red herring?


Yet Again, a Once-Powerful Politician Faces Prison

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Former state senator falls from grace, and drags his family with him.


De Blasio Heads to Albany to Protect Control of New York City Schools

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The mayor is urging state lawmakers to renew the 2002 policy giving him control of city schools.


As Silver is Sentenced, No Clear Path for Ethics Reform in Albany

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

As the former speaker was handed a 12-year sentence, his former colleagues in the assembly were focused on anything but ethics bills.

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Sheldon Silver, ex-Assembly Speaker, Sentenced to 12 Years

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Democrat was once one of the most powerful politicians in New York State.


Elections Probe Could Hurt de Blasio's Credibility in Albany

Monday, May 02, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants seven more years of control over city schools, but he needs to get approval from the very legislators he's accused of illegally trying to oust.


A Blitz of Campaigning Ahead of New York Primary

Monday, April 18, 2016

The presidential candidates and their surrogates are fanning out across the region as voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday.

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Republican Candidates Prepare for Their New York Moment

Sunday, April 17, 2016

WNYC reporters discuss the GOP field as New York's primary nears.


Protests as All 3 GOP Candidates Appear at Midtown Gala

Thursday, April 14, 2016

There was a festive atmosphere, as Trump piñatas bobbed in the air.


Donald Who? New York GOP Leaders Won't Comment

Friday, April 08, 2016

Trump may be the front-runner in the GOP race, but many NY Republicans don't want to talk about him.  

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Cuomo Misses Key Opportunity to Address Albany Ethics

Monday, March 28, 2016

Government watchdog says Cuomo's bargaining power wanes after budget negotiations end.


State Budget Showdown Begins in Albany

Monday, March 14, 2016

Assembly Democrats push a progressive agenda, while Senate Republicans fight for tax relief for middle income earners.


Watchdog Groups Say Cuomo is Lagging on Ethics Reforms

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Groups like NYPIRG, Common Cause and Citizens Union want to see the governor give the same energy to ethics reform as he's given to raising the minimum wage.


Landmark Restaurant 69 Bayard in Chinatown to Close Saturday

Thursday, February 25, 2016

69 Bayard is known for its late night hours, walls plastered in dollar bills and authentic Chinese meals.

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De Blasio Urges Families to Sign Up for Pre-K

Monday, February 22, 2016

With the application deadline approaching, about 49,000 New York City children have signed up for free pre-kindergarten next year. The mayor wants that number to reach 70,000.
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Banished Bills Stall in Albany

Monday, February 22, 2016

In Albany, a bill can languish for years in committee without public debate or a vote, because the system provides another way for special interests to wield their influence.

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With Nevada Behind Them, Clinton and Sanders Supporters Look to Super Tuesday

Monday, February 22, 2016

In Brooklyn, Sanders supporters are making calls to Democrats in Oklahoma, while students at Rutgers in New Jersey are planning to head to Massachusetts.


After She Endorses Sanders, Erica Garner Finds Herself at Center of South Carolina Primary

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The daughter of the police choke-hold victim is featured in a TV ad in South Carolina.

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Cuomo Outlines 'Unprecedented Joint Effort' by State and City

Thursday, January 14, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his sixth State of the State address yesterday, laying out an ambitious plan spanning from ethics reform to raising the minimum wage.

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Cuomo to Present Progressive Agenda, With Nod to Upstate

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The governor's State of the State address is expected to include details of his plan to clean up homelessness in New York City, and investments for small businesses and airports upstate.