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:

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.


Disability Benefits Restored for New Firefighters

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Legislation restores a 75 percent disability benefit that had been cut in 2009, giving one young firefighter "comfort."


Widow of Slain Attorney Carey Gabay Draws From Their Life Together to Move Forward

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Trenelle Gabay is working on creating a foundation to help children living in poverty.


De Blasio Shifts Blame For Secrecy of Police Misconduct Records to State

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The progressive mayor's administration has taken a more conservative approach to the release of police records than mayors in the past.

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Tech Executives Want Cuomo to Put Airbnb Bill to Rest

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

They're hoping a bill that passed both houses of the legislature doesn't make it past Cuomo's desk.


In Albany, Pay Raises Are a Political Bomb—And Now It's Going Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One member of the Legislative Pay Commission wants a big raise for legislators. Others say, not so fast.


Diana Richardson Goes to Albany

Thursday, July 14, 2016

In a year of unusual turmoil, rookie Assemblywoman Diana Richardson is learning how to navigate Albany as she fights for Brooklyn.

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