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Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse is a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation American journalist who made the switch from newspapers to radio in 2014.

Rouse has written for The Denver Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Record in New Jersey. 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.

Rouse earned her B.A from Douglass College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark. She enjoys mentoring aspiring journalists, and serving as an “ambassador” for Youth Journalism International.

Rouse brings her fascination with people, love of writing, and curiosity to WNYC.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

New York's Budget: Behind the Scenes and the Numbers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The scramble to meet the budget deadline left lawmakers frustrated and fiscal experts digging for details.

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Chaotic NY Budget Negotiations Met with Skepticism

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC's Karen Rouse explains why good government groups were unhappy with the "secretive" process.

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Cuomo's Signature Ethics Plan Isn't Exciting Anyone

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

WNYC
The new state budget will require legislators with outside jobs to report all sources of income over $1,000, but AG Eric Schniederman says lawmakers shouldn't have any outside work.

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Big Deal Ethics Plan May Be No Deal at All

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WNYC
Cuomo and Heastie praise their ethics package. Skelos says not so fast.

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Lone Female Legislative Leader Left Out in the Cold

Monday, March 16, 2015

WNYC
Gov. Cuomo seems to be snubbing Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins during private talks as the April 1st deadline to pass the state budget draws near.

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Hillary Clinton's Email Controversy Draws Global Interest

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WNYC
International reporters were at a packed news conference at the U.N. to hear Clinton's first words about her use of private email at the State Dept.

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Hillary Talks Women's Issues, Skips Email Controversy

Monday, March 09, 2015

WNYC
Amid email scandal, Hillary turns her focus to women and girls globally.

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Education Lobby Day in Albany Brings Out Two Sides

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The city's teachers union sees the solution in more funding for traditional public schools. Charter school proponents want alternatives.
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Can Albany Open the Door on Three Men in a Room?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WNYC
The arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver rattled Albany last month, but will it put a dent in the broader structure of three men controlling all the political decisions?

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First African-American Speaker in NYS Says He'll Tackle Ethics

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
Carl Heastie said ethics reforms would happen under his watch.

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Heastie's Hasty Ascent

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WNYC
Carl Heastie, the man expected to replace Sheldon Silver as the New York State Assembly Speaker, is rarely quoted in the press and does most of his business behind closed doors.

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Democrats Say Silver Will Relinquish Speakership

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Assembly's Majority Leader is to take up the post temporarily until Democrats elect a new Speaker on Feb. 10.

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Silver Scandal Shakes Statehouse

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WNYC
Lawmakers canceled Thursday's legislative session and found themselves split on how to respond to the corruption charges the Speaker now faces.

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Cuomo's Criminal Justice Reforms Facing GOP Pushback

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Cuomo proposed having an independent monitor review cases where a grand jury fails to indict after an officer kills an unarmed civilian. 

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Cuomo Set to Deliver State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WNYC
In his first State of the State speech since his reelection, Gov. Cuomo is expected to address education, the upstate economy, and the justice system.

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Cuomo Proposes Middle-, Low-Income Property Tax Cut

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WNYC
Cuomo said the plan would give roughly $950 in tax relief each year to more than one million New Yorkers.

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From One Governor to Another, an Emotional Eulogy

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Former Governor Mario Cuomo was remembered by his son, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as a mentor, a progressive Catholic and a fierce basketball opponent, among many things.

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Cuomo to Target Racial Injustice, Inequality in Second Term

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The governor confronted recent weeks of tension over police tactics during his inaugural address at the World Trade Center.

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Amid Corruption Probes, Cuomo Kicks Off Second Term

Thursday, January 01, 2015

WNYC
The U.S. Attorney's Office is looking into whether the Cuomo Administration inappropriately tampered with an anti-corruption commission.

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Fracking Fight Was Personal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WNYC
A cancer survivor became a public-health biologist. What happened next made environmental history.

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