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 reported for NPR and The New York Times, and 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. She has a B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Newark Voters Might Have Final Say Over Rent Control

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tenants' rights groups have gathered enough signatures for a November referendum.

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Newark Tenants Try to Tighten Rent Control as Downtown Booms

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Newark's gentrification is slow, but longtime locals say rent increases are happening too swiftly.

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Governor Cuomo Insists Funding Subway Fix Is Not State's Responsibility

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Governor Andrew Cuomo may appoint all the members of the MTA's board, he maintains the financial burden of funding subway fixes lies with the city.

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"Blacklisted" Tenants Rally Behind Proposed Federal Legislation

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will introduce a bill to stop landlords for penalizing applicants with prior evictions, but says he needs GOP support in Congress.

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New Jersey Tenants Point to a Blacklist That Landlords Say Doesn't Exist

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Senator Cory Booker is hosting a meeting in Newark this week with tenants' groups to discuss legislation to make sure blacklisting doesn't happen in the tenant screening process.

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From the Destruction of Riots Came Black Leadership in Newark

Friday, July 14, 2017

WNYC
Newark's first black mayor says the riots made leading the city harder. But his successor says it woke up the city.

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Remembering the Newark Riots, Fifty Years Later

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Riots broke out in Newark, New Jersey 50 years ago. WNYC's Rebecca Carroll, Karen Rouse and Newark resident and activist Junius Williams discuss the riots and the effect on Newark.

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New Jersey's Shutdown: What Was That About?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

In a characteristic New Jersey political episode, the free-market-loving Republican governor wanted to make a private insurance company provide more health care. And Democrats said no.

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New Jersey Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal to End Shutdown

Monday, July 03, 2017

The state says that the beaches will re-open for the Fourth of July.

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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.

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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.

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