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:

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.

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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.

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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

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

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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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.

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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.

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Why Wait? Hundreds of Thousands Already Voting in New Jersey

Thursday, November 03, 2016

One county clerk calls the interest in absentee ballots unprecedented.

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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.

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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.

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