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:

NJ state trooper who shot and killed Black man won’t face charges

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The state Attorney General’s Office said a grand jury declined to file charges.


NJ deciding fate of 70-year-old environmental conservation school

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The school shut down during the pandemic and a nonprofit stepped in to temporarily reopen it.


NJ Supreme Court orders parole for man convicted in 1973 state trooper murder

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The issue before the high court wasn’t whether Acoli was guilty or innocent; the question before the panel was whether the parole board had followed the law in denying Acoli parole.


Legal Weed in the Garden State

Friday, April 22, 2022

Reporter Karen Yi visited some New Jersey dispensaries on the first day they opened and joins us to talk about how the state's legal marijuana sales are going.


New Jerseyans Party as Recreational Marijuana Sales Are Officially Legalized

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Eager buyers waited for hours outside 13 dispensaries for their chance to finally purchase legal weed.


Health experts pressure Murphy to stop plans for Newark’s 4th power plant

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

130 health professionals sent Gov. Phil Murphy a letter on Wednesday urging him to reject the project’s permits. 


Climate change activists bike from NYC to Albany to demand action

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Bicyclists took off on a 150-mile ride and will arrive in the state’s capital on Earth Day next week.


Federal monitor will keep watching Newark police until 2023

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The federal monitor has been overseeing the city's police department for the last five years. 


Newark to make $23M upgrade at water treatment plant to prevent future lead exposure

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The long-awaited fixes aim to improve the way the city cleans its water and prevent the type of crisis that thrust Newark into the national spotlight in 2019.


NJ corrections agency starts issuing non-compliance letters to unvaccinated workers

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The agency said 24 letters were issued to employees who failed to get their first dose by the deadline. 


Bias incidents in NJ hit record high in 2021

Friday, April 01, 2022

The state Attorney General’s Office said there were 1,871 incidents last year.


NJ advocates ramp up pressure on state to desegregate schools

Thursday, March 31, 2022

The nonprofits suing the state rallied in Trenton on Thursday.


NJ starts enforcing new law created to ease housing search for formerly incarcerated

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

 The state Attorney General’s Office sent letters to landlords who were in apparent violation of new law.


Seven months after Ida, NJ residents grapple over whether to stay amid threats of future flooding

Friday, March 25, 2022

Some Manville residents are still struggling to rebuild. 


NJ says Supreme Court should reject NY’s last-ditch effort to save port watchdog agency

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

New Jersey urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny New York’s injunction request to stop the dissolution of the Waterfront Commission.


Newark councilman pleads guilty to bribery scheme

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A Newark city councilman pleaded guilty to taking bribes from developers and other companies looking to do business in New Jersey's largest city.


NJ labor commissioner testifies over unemployment delays

Friday, March 11, 2022

New Jersey lawmakers grilled state Labor Commissioner Rob Asaro Angelo on Thursday over the Labor Department's backlog of unemployment claims.


NJ had one of largest prison population drops in the U.S., study finds

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The study by the national nonprofit criminal justice reform group looked at the number of incarcerated people at the end of 2019 through 2021.


NJ nonprofits ask judge to find state liable for segregated schools

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Both sides appeared in court on Thursday on a potentially landmark school segregation case.


Court weighs potentially landmark NJ school segregation case

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

The case before the state's Supreme Court says New Jersey allowed the de facto segregation of its schools by requiring students to attend schools in the municipalities where they live.