Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation American journalist who covers state government and politics for WNYC.

Prior to that Rouse was a 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 is a graduate of Rutgers University, earning her B.A. from Douglass College, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

How a Brooklyn Upbringing Shaped the Sanders Campaign

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Most know Bernie Sanders as a senator from Vermont, but he grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn, and his family's financial struggles during his youth have influenced his campaign message today.


Cory Booker’s Big Decision on Iran

Monday, August 31, 2015

Booker is the only senator from NY and NJ who has yet to take a side on the President's Iran deal. See where other lawmakers stand on the much-debated nuclear agreement.

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Drivers in New Jersey Fall for Low Gas Prices

Sunday, August 30, 2015

With the price under $2 a gallon at some pumps, it may be time for a road trip in the Garden State.

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Can Harlem Get Police Attention Without Times Square's Topless Women?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harlem officials want the same amount of attention that the Crossroads of the World is getting for its nuisance complaints. 


City to Spend Millions Updating Leaky Roofs at Housing Units

Monday, August 24, 2015

A long-overdue project for thousands of residents who have endured water leaks for years.


Solitary Confinement Is Torture, Activists Say

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A local group of activists plans to rally on the 23rd of every month - to call attention to the 23 hours a day some inmates spend in solitary confinement.

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Governor's Legionnaires Hotline Hangs Up on Callers

Monday, August 17, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new mandate also includes regulations for cooling towers. 


How Gov. Cuomo Is Getting His (Political) Groove Back

Monday, August 03, 2015

With a lackluster legislative session behind him, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is using the levers of executive power to mend fences and tend to his base.


Family and Faith Guide Eric Garner's Mother a Year After His Death

Friday, July 17, 2015

Gwen Carr enjoys a day as a regular person after an unusually painful year.


Watchdog Group Sues to Close Campaign Finance Loophole

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A good government group takes to the courts after an attempt to change the law fails. 


Cuomo Creates Special Prosecutor for Killings by Police

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The appointment of Attorney General Schneiderman represents a bittersweet victory for families of New Yorkers killed by police.


Cuomo Promises Special Prosecutor "Soon"

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's prepared to sign an executive order giving the state's Attorney General the power to investigate deaths at the hands of police.


Albany Leaves de Blasio's MTA Board Picks in Limbo

Thursday, July 02, 2015

But one of Cuomo's picks sails through.
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Cuomo and de Blasio: Still Friends?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As state lawmakers wrap up business in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not backing down on his criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio. 


The 'Last' Day in Albany

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The legislative session is due to end tonight. WNYC's Albany reporter Karen Rouse and Capital New York's Albany bureau chief Jimmy Vielkind discuss the issues still to be decided.

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Cuomo, de Blasio in NYC While Lawmakers Languish in Albany

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The governor and the mayor joined forces with organized labor at separate events in New York City Thursday as legislators met in Albany with only four days left in the session. 


Behind-the-Scenes Negotiations to Remove Juveniles from Adult Prisons

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

On the heels of the suicide of former Rikers inmate Kalief Browder, state lawmakers seek agreement on a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility.


City Hall Reporter Roundtable

Monday, June 08, 2015

Three local reporters discuss the latest in New York City and New York State politics. 

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Mayor Pushes Rent Regs Reform

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Mayor de Blasio appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show to defend his crime policy and pressure Albany to strengthen rent protections for city residents.


Cuomo, de Blasio Fight for Dueling Priorities

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

In the final two weeks of the state legislative session, the governor's leadership is being tested while the mayor's agenda hangs in the balance.