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Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation American journalist who made the switch from newspapers to radio in 2014.

Rouse has written for The Denver Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Record in New Jersey. 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.

Rouse earned her B.A from Douglass College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark. She enjoys mentoring aspiring journalists, and serving as an “ambassador” for Youth Journalism International.

Rouse brings her fascination with people, love of writing, and curiosity to WNYC.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Can Albany Open the Door on Three Men in a Room?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WNYC
The arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver rattled Albany last month, but will it put a dent in the broader structure of three men controlling all the political decisions?

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First African-American Speaker in NYS Says He'll Tackle Ethics

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
Carl Heastie said ethics reforms would happen under his watch.

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Heastie's Hasty Ascent

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
Carl Heastie, the man expected to replace Sheldon Silver as the New York State Assembly Speaker, is rarely quoted in the press and does most of his business behind closed doors.

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Democrats Say Silver Will Relinquish Speakership

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Assembly's Majority Leader is to take up the post temporarily until Democrats elect a new Speaker on Feb. 10.

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Silver Scandal Shakes Statehouse

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WNYC
Lawmakers canceled Thursday's legislative session and found themselves split on how to respond to the corruption charges the Speaker now faces.

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Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reforms Facing GOP Pushback

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Cuomo proposed having an independent monitor review cases where a grand jury fails to indict after an officer kills an unarmed civilian. 

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Cuomo Set to Deliver State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WNYC
In his first State of the State speech since his reelection, Gov. Cuomo is expected to address education, the upstate economy, and the justice system.

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Cuomo Proposes Middle-, Low-Income Property Tax Cut

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WNYC
Cuomo said the plan would give roughly $950 in tax relief each year to more than one million New Yorkers.

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From One Governor to Another, an Emotional Eulogy

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Former Governor Mario Cuomo was remembered by his son, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as a mentor, a progressive Catholic and a fierce basketball opponent, among many things.

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Cuomo to Target Racial Injustice, Inequality in Second Term

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The governor confronted recent weeks of tension over police tactics during his inaugural address at the World Trade Center.

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Amid Corruption Probes, Cuomo Kicks Off Second Term

Thursday, January 01, 2015

WNYC
The U.S. Attorney's Office is looking into whether the Cuomo Administration inappropriately tampered with an anti-corruption commission.

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Fracking Fight Was Personal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WNYC
A cancer survivor became a public-health biologist. What happened next made environmental history.

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Post-Garner, Albany Considers Criminal Justice Reforms

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WNYC
Democratic-led reforms could face GOP pushback.

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Cuomo Speaks on Garner Grand Jury Decision — A Day Later

Friday, December 05, 2014

WNYC
Critics say the governor should have spoken sooner.

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SUNY Unveils New Policy to Prevent Sexual Assaults on Campuses

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Policy carries consequences for violators.

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After Close Race at Polls, Cuomo Lands Far Ahead in Campaign Cash

Monday, December 01, 2014

WNYC
The Democratic incumbent has ended up with more than $9 million in his campaign chest. 

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As Rent Stabilization Law Expires, Advocates Vow to Fight

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WNYC
City expects push-back from Republican legislators

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Former Bronx Legislator Escapes Prison Sentence

Monday, November 17, 2014

WNYC
Former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro, who worked as a mole for investigators in a corruption probe, received a lenient sentence in a Bronx criminal court on Monday.

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This Week in Politics: Chris Christie, Billionaire Whisperer

Saturday, November 08, 2014

WNYC
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets ready for a turbulent second term, Gov. Chris Christie prepares for a bigger stage. 

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Andrew Cuomo Wins Second Term as NY Governor

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The governor promises four more years of fiscal restraint and social progress after a contentious campaign against Republican Rob Astorino.

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