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:

FEMA gave 296 NY & NJ Ida victims extended rental assistance. Advocates say that’s unacceptable.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

About 19,700 applicants received emergency assistance after the storm but only about 1.5% continued to get help as they recovered months later. 


Staffing agencies ramp up lobbying efforts as NJ temp bill nears vote

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The bill would offer more protections to temporary workers but staffing agencies say it’ll impact small businesses.


Newark steps up pressure to delay Seton Hall's expansion plans over flooding concerns

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Newark officials are in the process of conducting an engineering study to pinpoint the cause of flooding. 


In Newark, a community grapples with ‘manmade, urban flooding’

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Residents in a West Ward neighborhood in Newark believe development at nearby Seton Hall, in affluent South Orange, is to blame.


Medieval Times sued its NJ union over trademark violations. Now the union is fighting back.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The union filed unfair labor charges after the dinner theater company took it to court this month.


NJ's long-fought temp worker bill delayed after Dems pull support

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The bill has another shot at final passage in the Senate next month. 


10 years after Sandy, NJ eyes development rules that expect more flooding from climate change

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The state will hold two hearings this week to discuss a new rule for inland areas, finally moving on a pledge Gov. Phil Murphy made two years ago.


NJ pulls final vote on temp worker protections bill

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The move angered immigrant advocates who had pushed for the bill for many years.


NJ governor conditionally vetoes bill to improve working conditions for temp workers

Friday, September 23, 2022

The bill would regulate the state’s temp worker industry that employs roughly 130,000 people.

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NJ minimum wage going up to $14.13 in 2023

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The minimum wage in New Jersey will increase to $14.13 in 2023 under a law that boosts it by $1 per year until it reaches $15 per hour.


NJ immigrant groups geared up to greet plane of migrants. It never arrived.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

About 15 advocates gathered at Teterboro Airport Tuesday afternoon after media reports that a charter flight potentially with migrants on board was on its way from Texas.


Deadline nears for 17,000 more immigrants to get aid from NJ’s excluded workers fund

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

State officials set a September 30th deadline for applicants to submit any required documents.


NJ's top court to decide: When can judges keep a dying, incapacitated person in prison?

Monday, September 12, 2022

The court will hear arguments on whether a judge has discretion to deny a prisoner compassionate release, even if they meet the medical threshold of the law.


‘Like hell,’ NJ prison cells reached up to 94 degrees this summer, watchdog says

Thursday, September 08, 2022

The Office of Corrections ombudsperson raised concerns over lack of air-conditioned units and access to ice at the state’s prisons. 


Rutgers program trains next generation of growers

Friday, September 02, 2022

The R U Ready to Farm program is in its second year of training beginning farmers who want to get into the agriculture industry.


Mobile shower trailer rolls into Newark, bringing ‘spa-like’ experience to homeless

Friday, September 02, 2022

 Archangel Raphael’s Mission recently expanded their hygiene services to Newark. 


30 NJ landlords cited for breaking new law that bans discrimination against tenants with criminal pasts

Friday, August 26, 2022

The Fair Chance in Housing Law took effect earlier this year to make it easier for residents with criminal records to find homes


NJ eviction filings are rising as courts grapple with backlog, reforms

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

10,000 eviction cases were dismissed under the state’s anti-eviction measures passed a year ago. 


3 NJ Amazon workers have died in the last month. Federal safety officials are investigating why.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it is investigating three incidents. 


Crews working to fix burst 140-year-old water line as 100,000 NJ residents asked to boil water

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Newark city workers were going door-to-door with water Tuesday morning after more than 100,000 people were affected by a 72-inch water main break.