Karen Rouse

Reporter, WNYC News

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:

Criminal Justicer Reformers Say Let Inmates Vote

Friday, August 23, 2019

In New Jersey, 94,000 people can’t vote because they're in prison, on probation or on parole. A group of progressives say disenfranchising them is an affront to democracy.

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Former Murphy Official Accused of Rape Silent On Lawsuit Allegations

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A former member of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration could be facing more legal trouble if he doesn't respond to allegations in court that he raped another state employee.


Fireworks Fly in Trenton After Murphy Suspends Funds

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Several of the programs on a list are linked to Murphy opponent George Norcross.


Budget Deadline Tests Murphy's Power in Trenton

Friday, June 28, 2019

Gov. Phil Murphy struggles to take control of his party's agenda for New Jersey.


Why New Jersey's Budget Impasse Might Lead to a Shut-down

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Why are New Jersey Democrats against the millionaire's tax?

Influential New Jersey Pastor Says He Can't Morally Support the State Budget — Unless It Stops Paying for Youth Prisons

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Black kids in New Jersey are locked up 30 times the rate of whites, advocates say.

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A Momentary Thaw in Trenton Between Governor and Legislative Leaders

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Facing the threat of the first legislative override of a gubernatorial veto in 22 years, Gov. Phil Murphy agrees to sign a bill he originally opposed.

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NJ Voters To Pick Assembly Nominees in Tuesday's Primary

Friday, May 31, 2019

Tuesday's primary election is expected to be "very, very quiet."


Deteriorating Relationship between Murphy, Sweeney Impacting Budget Negotiations

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gov. Murphy wants a millionaires tax. Senate President Sweeney wants pension reform. As their strained relationship hits a new low, how will the two sides reach a budget deal?

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NJ Weed Bill is Dead in Trenton, But Could Be Revived by Voters in 2020

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he just couldn't get the support from lawmakers to pass it.

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Some N.J. Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey claims to promote social and criminal justice but some lawmakers are skeptical supporters intend to help low-income or minority populations.


Coalition of Black Organizations Challenges Status Quo in Trenton

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Black voters in New Jersey have historically been loyal to the Democratic party. Now a new group is asking: what do they get in return? 

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Reefer, Managed: The Future of Cannabis

Friday, April 19, 2019

As our "Reefer, Managed" series ends, we look ahead. 

New Jersey's Push to Legalize Marijuana Hits a Roadblock

Monday, March 25, 2019

The future of legal recreational marijuana in New Jersey is in question, after a vote on the issue was postponed. 

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Uncertainty Surrounds Upcoming Marijuana Vote in Trenton

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Still short on votes, Gov. Phil Murphy turns to black clergy and leaders to win lawmakers' support.

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Pot and Social Justice in NY and NJ

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

As the New Jersey legislature gets ready to vote on recreational marijuana legalization, New York continues to work on it.

Top New Jersey Leaders Start Whipping Up Support for Marijuana Bill

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A bill legalizing weed is set to go before the New Jersey legislature in a week, but it's unclear if there is enough support to pass it.


NJ Committees Just Say 'Yes' to Marijuana Legalization

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bill would expunge criminal records for most possession and dealing cases, but still faces uncertain fate in full legislature.


Social Justice Advocates Say Weed Legalization Bill Falls Short

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Draft of bill doesn't address people currently incarcerated or on parole on marijuana distribution or possession charges.

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Is Taking Shape in Trenton

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lobbyists, lawyers and cannabis industry advocates scoured the latest bill before it goes to a vote.

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