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 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, in New York City of all places.

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

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

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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Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James Isn't Done With Politics Yet

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Sharpe James is back in the game of politics — for someone else.


Most Jobs in Newark Go to Non-Residents

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An Institute for Social Justice Report describes a Newark that's not for Newarkers.

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Why Newark has Trouble Getting Homeless Off the Street

Monday, April 10, 2017

The city funds 31 non-profit agencies to serve the homeless, but there is no cohesive strategy to help the homeless.

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Legislators Want Christie to Hand Over Confidential Files in Whistleblower Case

Monday, March 20, 2017

A former prosecutor tells the New Jersey state legislature that a corruption case was quashed, he was fired, and taxpayers footed a $5 million bill to make it all go away.

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Newark Residents Weigh in on Police Reforms

Monday, March 20, 2017

As part of a federal consent decree, officials are gathering input from Newark residents about what they think of the police.

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Governor's Race in New Jersey Is Already Turning Ugly

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy has been sending mailers portraying his opponent as a shady character.

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Why Tenants Lose When They Go Up Against Landlords in Newark

Monday, March 06, 2017

When tenants go to court, they find a chaotic system that leaves them confused, and gives the lawyers of their landlords an advantage. 

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Christie Criticizes School Funding in Final Budget Speech

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The New Jersey governor says some schools are ripping off the state, while others are getting ripped off.


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.