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:

If Newark Becomes Next Brooklyn, What Will Happen to Renters?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Just one out of four Newarkers owns their own home -- that's the lowest rate of any city in New Jersey.

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Ras Baraka, Cory Booker Ready to Defend New Jersey Cities Against Donald Trump

Monday, January 09, 2017

The mayors say President-elect Trump's cabinet picks and policies could hurt residents' access to health care, jobs and social justice.


NJ Adoptees Can Now Get Birth Certificates

Monday, January 09, 2017

Some adoptees will learn the identities of their birth mothers for the first time.

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A Gift for Mom Leads to a Gift for a Beloved Daughter on Christmas

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A WNYC reporter gets to play Santa Claus to a Macy's employee.

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A Drought, a Missing Water Plan and Questions for Chris Christie

Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's unclear whether New Jersey will have enough drinking water in the future, and environmentalists say that's because an updated plan is sitting idle on the governor's desk. 

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Old Leaky Pipes Making New Jersey's Water Less Safe, and Less Affordable

Friday, December 02, 2016

Money remains an obstacle, as officials from water utilities, engineering firms, and local government meet to address the threat to water systems across state.


Town Officials in Bedminster, NJ Prepare for Donald Trump — The President

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bedminster residents have benefited from having the Trump National Golf Club in town. Now they fear it may cost them.

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No Ethics Reform? No Raises

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Those investigating possible pay increases for New York state legislators say they would only support a raise if the legislature dealt with slew of corruption scandals in Albany.

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In Atlantic City, New Jersey Teachers Worry about Bullying Under Trump

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Some experts say kids are already following Trump's lead, and that's making it difficult to train teachers on how to deal with it.


Here's What to Watch for on Election Night in New York — And Elsewhere

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

If Hillary Clinton wins in North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania, the presidential race could be over relatively early. But there are plenty of other contested races around New York.


Why Wait? Hundreds of Thousands Already Voting in New Jersey

Thursday, November 03, 2016

One county clerk calls the interest in absentee ballots unprecedented.


Dems Hope to Take Back New York State Senate By Way of Long Island

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is cast as the boogie man in several tight suburban races.


Voting Isn't as Easy as it Could Be in New York, and Some Legislators Like it That Way

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More voters mean less predictable outcomes, especially for incumbents.

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Bridgegate Trial Stirs Up Frustration in Fort Lee

Monday, October 03, 2016

A 40-year resident of the town says she's among those who were stuck in traffic for 4 hours back in 2013, and she's watching the trial closely.

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Legislators in Albany May Need to Ask for a Pay Raise

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A legislative pay commission will decide if Albany legislators should get a raise, but they say they public isn't supporting it — and no one else is either.


Cuomo Insists His Buffalo Billion Program Is Thriving, Despite Federal Allegations of Fraud and Abuse

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cuomo promises changes to the process of bidding on state projects.

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NJ Muslim Leaders Speak Up to Distance Themselves from Rahami

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

North Jersey Muslims are wrestling with how to keep the public from linking radical Islam to their religion, while distancing themselves from the suspect in the weekend bombings.


Weekend Terror Scare Highlights New Technologies, Old Rivalries

Monday, September 19, 2016

The tense weekend in New York and New Jersey drew attention to a number of issues brought to light by violence


An Alert, an Arrest and Reaction in New Jersey

Monday, September 19, 2016

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami just hours after an alert went out Monday on the region's wireless emergency alert system, something that has been used only eight times since 2012. 

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Two of the Hottest Legislative Races in Tuesday's Primary Election Involve Vacant Seats

Monday, September 12, 2016

Six candidates compete for former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's seat in the 65th legislative district, while four are vying to succeed Sen. Adriano Espaillat in Northern Manhattan.