Karen Rouse

Reporter, WNYC News

Karen Rouse is a reporter for New York Public Radio station WNYC and a contributor to its partner site, Gothamist. She is proudly a Bronx-born, South Jersey-reared, first-generation-American. Rouse has been a staff writer 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 her investigation of NJ Transit that exposed the agency's multi-million-dollar mistake during Hurricane Sandy. She made the leap to public media in 2014. She has a B.A. from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and her M. A. from Rutgers-Newark.

Rouse is also a member of the University of Michigan's Knight-Wallace Fellowship class of 2020, and the Public Media Journalists Association's communications committee.

Karen Rouse appears in the following:

Hair Cuts Are Back in New York City and New Jersey as the Region Moves Towards a Full Reopening

Monday, June 22, 2020

In New York City, restaurants will also be allowed to provide outdoor table service on sidewalks.

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Surge in Anti-Racism Book Sales Comes at a High Cost

Friday, June 12, 2020

Black bookstore owners in Brooklyn says books are selling because George Floyd died.

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Surge In Anti-Racist Books Has An Unseemly Underside

Friday, June 12, 2020

One bookseller says, “We're thriving because of black bodies.”

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New York's and New Jersey's Reopening Plans Differ Vastly

Friday, May 29, 2020

Governors trying to balance public safety with economic recovery face public pressure to reopen.

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With Their Jobs Deemed Illegal, Hair Stylists and Barbers Go Underground

Monday, May 18, 2020

Personal service workers say they cannot feed their families or pay rent because they're not allowed to work.

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Demand for Elastic Springs Sisters Into Second Act

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Elastic becomes an essential item.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers A Rush to Trademark Virus-Related Words and Slogans

Monday, April 27, 2020

"Coronavirus Survivor" and "Covid Cats" are among the contenders.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.