Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is the New Jersey reporter for WNYC, New York Public Radio. She is proudly a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation-American. Rouse was a newspaper reporter for The Denver Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Bergen Record (N.J.). She has reported for NPR and The New York Times, and has won awards for coverage of public schools, issues of race, and an investigation of NJ Transit’s multi-million-dollar mistake during Hurricane Sandy. She made the leap to radio reporting in 2014. She has a B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Kim Guadagno Tries to Forge Her Own Identity Away from Governor Christie

Monday, November 06, 2017

For nearly eight years, Guadagno has stood in Christie's shadow. Now, it's blocking her path to the Statehouse.


South Asians in New Jersey Flex Their Political Muscle

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In one generation, the immigrant group has gone from fighting for legal immigration status to becoming a political constituency to be courted.

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New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate Recap

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Highlights from the first debate between New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno.

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Democrat Phil Murphy's Pick for Lt. Governor Veers from Usual Playbook

Monday, October 02, 2017

Most candidates run to the center in a general election; Murphy and Oliver are leaning left in an unusual election year.


New Jersey Democrats Meet in Atlantic City with Eye to November

Friday, September 15, 2017

After eight years of Republican leadership under Governor Chris Christie, Democrats turn their attention to winning back the Statehouse.


Black Christians with White Pastors Seek a Reckoning on Race

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A willingness to preach about abortion or sexuality doesn't extend to race. 

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Brooklyn Residents Give Mayor Points for Pre-K, Ding Him on Transit and Homelessness

Sunday, September 03, 2017

With a just over a week to go until the September 12 primary election, Mayor de Blasio stumped at churches in Brooklyn, hoping to rally ardent supporters.


New Jersey Lawmaker Says Confederate Flag Photo Reflects 'Sense of Humor'

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

But the GOP leader says it's not funny.

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Newark Voters Might Have Final Say Over Rent Control

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tenants' rights groups have gathered enough signatures for a November referendum.


Newark Tenants Try to Tighten Rent Control as Downtown Booms

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Newark's gentrification is slow, but longtime locals say rent increases are happening too swiftly.

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Governor Cuomo Insists Funding Subway Fix Is Not State's Responsibility

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo may appoint all the members of the MTA's board, he maintains the financial burden of funding subway fixes lies with the city.

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"Blacklisted" Tenants Rally Behind Proposed Federal Legislation

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will introduce a bill to stop landlords for penalizing applicants with prior evictions, but says he needs GOP support in Congress.

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New Jersey Tenants Point to a Blacklist That Landlords Say Doesn't Exist

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Senator Cory Booker is hosting a meeting in Newark this week with tenants' groups to discuss legislation to make sure blacklisting doesn't happen in the tenant screening process.

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From the Destruction of Riots Came Black Leadership in Newark

Friday, July 14, 2017

Newark's first black mayor says the riots made leading the city harder. But his successor says it woke up the city.

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Remembering the Newark Riots, Fifty Years Later

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Riots broke out in Newark, New Jersey 50 years ago. WNYC's Rebecca Carroll, Karen Rouse and Newark resident and activist Junius Williams discuss the riots and the effect on Newark.

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New Jersey's Shutdown: What Was That About?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

In a characteristic New Jersey political episode, the free-market-loving Republican governor wanted to make a private insurance company provide more health care. And Democrats said no.


New Jersey Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal to End Shutdown

Monday, July 03, 2017

The state says that the beaches will re-open for the Fourth of July.


New Jersey's Small Businesses Want Next Governor to Remember the Little Guy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Many big corporations have benefited from millions in tax breaks under the Chris Administration. Under the next governor, small businesses want some help.

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Candidates Promise to Make New Jersey Affordable Again

Thursday, May 18, 2017

With New Jersey's high property taxes, high auto insurance rates, and the highest percentage of millennials living at home, which candidates running for governor have a solution?

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Why Isn't There Enough Money to Educate Kids in Low-Income New Jersey Towns?

Monday, May 15, 2017

A political fight over the state's funding formula has left more than 500 school districts high and dry. 

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