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:

Tech Executives Want Cuomo to Put Airbnb Bill to Rest

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

They're hoping a bill that passed both houses of the legislature doesn't make it past Cuomo's desk.


In Albany, Pay Raises Are a Political Bomb—And Now It's Going Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One member of the Legislative Pay Commission wants a big raise for legislators. Others say, not so fast.


Diana Richardson Goes to Albany

Thursday, July 14, 2016

In a year of unusual turmoil, rookie Assemblywoman Diana Richardson is learning how to navigate Albany as she fights for Brooklyn.

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Pride March Mixes Celebration With Resolve After Orlando Shooting

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The 2016 Pride March in New York City combined celebration with memorializing after the recent shooting deaths at a gay club in Florida. Gun control was top of mind for many.

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Legislative Sessions Ends with a Lackluster Ethics Package, and Rebuke of the Mayor

Friday, June 17, 2016

The 2016 legislative session ended much like it started — without clear focus.

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Session in Albany Crawls to an Unremarkable End

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The governor and legislative leaders have shown little interest in cleaning up corruption in Albany, but lots of enthusiasm for addressing less controversial issues.


Cuomo Administration Slow to Launch Gun Control Database

Monday, June 13, 2016

The database would provide background check information on potential gun buyers, but has yet to be developed amid resistance from pro-gun groups.

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In Albany, Abortion Debate Turns to Race, and Turns Ugly

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A legislator's comments about abortion rates in the black community sparked vitriolic debate in the Assembly.

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State Senate Republicans Offer Mayor Just One Year of School Control

Monday, June 06, 2016

Republicans say multiple investigations of the mayor, and failing schools, are reasons to keep de Blasio on a short leash.


Legislators Cashing in on Special Interests in Albany

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fundraising is a bipartisan affair. Everybody's doing it.

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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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