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:

Women Account for 100% of Jobs Lost at the End of 2020, with Black and Brown Women Bearing the Brunt of Pandemic Job Losses.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Gothamist
The December jobs report released by the U. S. Department of Labor tells the story of the thousands of Black and brown women whose lives have been upended by the pandemic

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New York City Restaurant Owners Say Closing A Business Comes With Steep Costs

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Some owners just walk away. But there can be repercussions.

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Black Owner of Brooklyn Bookstore Reflects on A Year of Racial Reckoning

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

After George Floyd was killed, businesswoman Kalima DeSuze experienced a financial windfall as orders for anti-racism books flooded her site. She called it bittersweet.

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COVID Relief Bill To Send $50 Billion To New York State

Monday, December 21, 2020

Rent relief, small business aid, and help for the city's cultural institutions and entertainment companies are included.

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Afraid To Go Out? Proposed Law Lets The Barber Come To You

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RVs outfitted with barber chairs, sinks and working toilets could park at locations around state and take customers, if bill passes.

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Online Sales Rise During Pandemic As Storefronts Struggle

Monday, December 14, 2020

The state comptroller says federal aid will be needed to get New York City's retail sector on its feet.

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Wedding Planning Industry Suffers As Couples Delay Vows, Or Opt For Virtual Ceremonies

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Online weddings bring in far less money than in-person ceremonies.

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New Jersey Attorney General Guidance Signals a Shift in Marijuana Prosecutions

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

State legislators are working on a bill to establish a legal cannabis industry, and the attorney general is advising prosecutors to suspend any pending low-level marijuana cases. 

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Coworking Space Industry Tries To Pivot As Members Go Remote

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Companies install plexiglass and other safety measures. Some have closed.

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New Jersey Legislature Expected to Begin Designing Cannabis Industry in Coming Weeks

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Until then, selling and buying weed in the illegal market is still, well, illegal.

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Curfew Becomes The Latest Financial Hit to Newark Businesses

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Indoor dining spots, bars and clubs must close by 8 p.m.

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Concern Over Teen Addiction Fuels Opposition To Legalizing Weed In New Jersey

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The No Pot NJ campaign faces an uphill battle against the marijuana industry over ballot issue.

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The Cannabis Industry Hopes to Win Legalization in New Jersey with Racial Justice Message

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Some high-profile Black leaders have chosen not to join their campaign.

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If You're In New Jersey, You Might Need Help Finding The Marijuana Ballot Question

Friday, October 02, 2020

On social media, voters are reminded to #TurnThePage.

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Advocates For Domestic Workers Say Many In NJ Are Exploited

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Wage theft is cited as a significant problem in report by Rutgers University's Center for Women and Work and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which helped fund the report.

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Pandemic Stress Likely Factor in Drug Overdose Increase in NJ

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Experts says people in recovery found themselves alone and isolated from support groups.

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As Rutgers University Goes Remote, Local Businesses Suffer

Sunday, September 20, 2020

There are few students frequenting downtown restaurants or bars as the coronavirus prompts a mostly remote learning environment.

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Companies With Problematic Pasts Got Government Loans

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Some companies faced penalties for environmental, workplace and fraud violations, among others.

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Extra Cash For Unemployed Workers Leaves Employers Strapped For Help

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The federal government's $600-a-week unemployment supplement may keep workers at home, even after the job market reopens.

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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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