Karen Yi

Karen Yi covers New Jersey for WNYC News. 

Since she joined the newsroom in 2020, her work has documented the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on working-age Latino men and essential workers. She's also reported on conditions inside prisons and efforts at police reform. Before joining WNYC, Karen covered Newark for the Star-Ledger and spent almost a decade working for newspapers in New Jersey and Florida. She grew up in Miami and has a dog named Cashew. Follow her on Twitter .

Karen Yi appears in the following:

'My eyes burned': Essential workers toil in smoke-filled air across tristate area despite warnings

Friday, June 09, 2023

Unhealthy levels of air quality continued in New York and New Jersey as particulate matter from Canadian wildfires was carried into the region.


Staffing agencies sue to block NJ's temp worker rights bill

Saturday, May 20, 2023

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law to give the state’s temporary workers more protections. WNYC’s Karen Yi breaks down how staffing agencies are challenging the law in court.


Rutgers' union wins could inspire labor organizing nationwide

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Three faculty unions went on strike last month and secured better pay and job security for their lowest-paid teachers. 


The Rutgers faculty strike is over, for now. What happens next?

Monday, April 17, 2023

Unions scored major gains in job security and compensation for Rutgers University's adjunct faculty members and graduate students. 


Signs of optimism through Rutgers strike's third day

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Negotiators for Rutgers University and three faculty unions were continuing Wednesday for a third day. Many students said they're a little anxious — but stand by their professors.


Rutgers Strike Continues

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Karen Yi breaks down the latest news on the Rutgers strike, including whether the two sides are close to a resolution.

As Rutgers faculty strikes, students join the picket lines

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

As Rutgers faculty members went on strike Monday, students were staging their own creative form of protest. 


EXTRA: Rutgers Faculty Strike

Monday, April 10, 2023

Rutgers faculty call in to share why they are on the picket lines today.

Rutgers faculty on strike: 9,000 educators walking off the job

Sunday, April 09, 2023

The Rutgers University faculty is on strike, the first teacher work stoppage in the school's 256-year-history

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Rutgers could strike any time — blowback over school president's claim it would be unlawful

Monday, April 03, 2023

Dozens of prominent academics are criticizing the president of Rutgers University after he called a looming strike by faculty unions "unlawful" in a university-wide email.


NJ Transit's service for disabled riders sees the most late trips since 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The agency has just months to meet the first benchmarks in a federal settlement requiring it to improve service.


More help is coming for NJ Ida victims. Groups helping survivors call 16-month wait ‘criminal.’

Friday, March 03, 2023

State officials say 20 case managers have been hired to help residents navigate their recovery. 


Rutgers could face first faculty strike in its history — key union vote Tuesday

Monday, February 27, 2023

The voting will run for a week-and-a-half, and a strike will only be called if an overwhelming majority of the members agree to it, organizers said.


SNAP 'food stamp' payments are about to get smaller. NJ lawmakers want to fund the difference.

Monday, January 30, 2023

With the additional COVID-19 federal funds, families were receiving a minimum of $95 a month under SNAP.


NJ’s Access Link ride service is promising changes. People with disabilities say they’re overdue.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

People who depend on Access Link say they’ve long struggled with late drivers and missed rides.


Gov. Murphy proposes ending liquor license caps, investing in Shore boardwalks

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The governor gave his State of the State address on Tuesday.


NJ FamilyCare health insurance open to all eligible children — regardless of immigration status

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

All children under 19 years old can apply for NJ Family Care, which includes Medicaid or CHIP. 


NJ's new food security advocate: We need to think bigger than meal programs

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

This year, New Jersey created the country's first Office of the Food Security Advocate. The office's first director says it'll take more than meal handouts to end food insecurity.


Advocates demand fixes from FEMA after few Ida survivors get housing help

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Fewer than 200 households received extended rental assistance following the storm.


More NJ homes are owned by institutions, new report finds. And that's driving down affordability.

Friday, December 02, 2022

A report by the Department of Community Affairs released Thursday found a 2.5% increase in institutional homeownership between 2012-2020.