Karen Rouse

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:

Bill That Seeks to Expand NJ's Medical Marijuana Clears First Hurdle

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The bill would double the number of places patients could go to buy prescription cannabis.


Murphy Pitches Even More New Taxes to New Jersey

Thursday, March 15, 2018

As Murphy pitches his tax plan, public apathy is a friend.


Thousands of Local Students Join National Walkout for Gun Control

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Students in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut left class to protest gun violence


Weed, Race and 'Reparations' in New Jersey

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A group of prominent black leaders wants to ensure that legalized marijuana doesn't enrich white businesses without bringing any benefits to communities hurt by past drug laws.

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Racial Justice Drives Fight for, and Against, Legal Pot in New Jersey

Monday, March 12, 2018

Advocates say legalizing marijuana would address inequities in incarceration rates. But some black leaders say weed shops will harm minority communities.

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NJ Residents Clean Up From Winter Storm, Just in Time For Next One

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Utility crews and residents took advantage of a sunny weekend to clean up from two nor-easters. In the forecast: a third storm is heading our way.


New Jersey Legislators Learn the Dos and Don'ts of Marijuana Legalization

Monday, March 05, 2018

Poor people should get to sell marijuana, too, social justice activists tell state panel.


Opponents of Recreational Marijuana Legalization Show Up in Force at Black Caucus Hearing

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Advocates of marijuana legalization in New Jersey say the public hearing was one-sided.

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Marijuana Advocates Push For Legalization in New Jersey, Despite Federal Rules

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Recreational marijuana is bringing in billions in the states where it's legal but good luck trying to open a bank account or getting a trademark from the U.S. government.  


New Jersey Would Investigate Police Killings of Civilians Under New Bill

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Opponents say it undermines county prosecutors, and that AG already has discretion to investigate any shooting.


ICE Renews Apparent Crackdown on Indonesian Christians in NJ

Thursday, January 25, 2018

At least two men were arrested on Thursday morning and a third sought sanctuary with fellow Indonesian Christians at a Highland Park Church.

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Newark May Miss Federal Deadline for Police Reforms

Thursday, January 18, 2018

An independent monitor says Newark needs to invest in a training officer.


Just How Progressive Is New Jersey About to Get?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Now that Democrats control both the governorship and the state house, are a millionaires' tax and legal marijuana right around the corner? It's not that simple.


Phil Murphy Is Sworn In as New Jersey Governor

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The former Goldman Sachs executive and ambassador to Germany took the oath of office in Trenton Tuesday.


Christie Makes Tracks, But Leaves No Tunnel Behind

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

As Chris Christie wraps up eight years in office, NJ Transit commuters face more service disruptions than ever. 

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West Side High School Stands to Benefit from Murphy

Monday, January 15, 2018

Charter schools proliferated under Gov. Christie. His successor says he plans to restore more funding to district schools, like West Side High School.

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For Some Undocumented Immigrants, a Brief Exhale

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Following a judge's order, the federal government is reopening the window for DACA recipients to reapply for the program.


Kim Guadagno Tries to Forge Her Own Identity Away from Governor Christie

Monday, November 06, 2017

For nearly eight years, Guadagno has stood in Christie's shadow. Now, it's blocking her path to the Statehouse.


South Asians in New Jersey Flex Their Political Muscle

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In one generation, the immigrant group has gone from fighting for legal immigration status to becoming a political constituency to be courted.

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New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate Recap

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Highlights from the first debate between New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno.

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