Karen Yi

Karen Yi covers homelessness and poverty. She joined the WNYC and Gothamist newsroom in 2020. Before that, 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. Got a tip? Email kyi@wnyc.org or Signal 917-589-1460.

Karen Yi appears in the following:

This NYC job training program is helping young adults pivot to high-earning careers

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

A Lower East Side training program helps adults fill a growing need in the workforce: building automation.


‘Most of us have gone through this’: Yonkers workers show new migrants the ropes as day laborers

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Hundreds of migrants without work permits are desperate for jobs and getting work where they can.


This Week in Politics: A first wave of deadlines for migrant families in NYC shelters

Saturday, January 13, 2024

This week, a first wave of migrant families living in New York City shelters reached a new deadline to move out.

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Dozens of migrant families booted from NYC shelter as 60-day notices come due

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

City officials say migrant families with no place to stay can reapply for shelter at an intake center in Midtown.


Migrant families facing eviction from NYC shelter get 1 additional week to stay after Christmas

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

The first dozen migrant families would have had to leave their current shelters after Christmas.


Migrant teens and young adults aren't getting necessary help, according to shelters

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Youth shelter providers said there’s no formal system to identify migrants between 16 and 24 years old whose needs differ from those of adults.


Many migrant kids at NYC schools are new to English. They're finding creative ways to learn.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Many migrant students arrive with interrupted learning and trauma, making learning a new language all that more difficult.


Migrant students face schooling uncertainty as NYC gives families 60 days to exit shelter

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Migrant families notified they have 60 days to leave the city’s shelter system say they’re worried their children’s education will be upended just as schools break for Christmas.


NYC pushes to get migrants work permits, but shelter evictions could complicate the process

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

The Adams administration's move to evict migrants from shelters and have them reapply for housing could further complicate the already complex process of applying for work authorization.


Food pantry visits surge in NYC as 'perfect storm' over benefit delays and inflation aligns

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Food pantries across New York City are reporting a spike in demand, a reminder of the early days of the pandemic.


On Staten Island, 2 months of back rent can end in eviction

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

A Gothamist analysis found a single housing complex is driving one of the highest eviction rates in the city.


Even amid dire climate change warnings, NJ doesn’t protect farm workers from rising heat

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Farm workers form the backbone of New Jersey’s $1 billion agriculture industry but climate change is putting their health at risk.


A New Jersey Summer Rec Extravaganza

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

WNYC colleagues share their picks for the best places to spend the summer in New Jersey.


Why these NJ schools are so diverse, while many are segregated — affordable housing has been key

Friday, July 14, 2023

New Jersey's groundbreaking affordable housing rule has been on the books for nearly half a century — but few towns lived up to its intent. Franklin Township bucked the trend.


Newark community mourns after firefighters killed in massive cargo ship blaze

Friday, July 07, 2023

The cargo ship blaze that erupted Wednesday night at Port Newark and killed two firefighters is expected to burn for several more days. A community is mourning its loses. 


'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.