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 Renters Have 2 Weeks To Apply For Rental Aid As Eviction Moratorium Sunsets

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

New Jersey’s eviction ban for low-income renters expires at the end of the month.


1 Year After Early Release, Former NJ Prisoner Finds New Start

Friday, November 19, 2021

A New Jersey law meant to protect prisoners and corrections staff from COVID let people out of prison up to eight months early. 


Election Night 2021: Call-in Special

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Host Brian Lehrer hears from reporters and callers from New York and New Jersey about the voting, campaigning and what comes next.


Last Immigrants Detained In Bergen County, NJ Urge ICE, Lawmakers For Release

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Several detainees sent a letter to Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez urging them to press ICE to let them go


NJ Opens Applications For $40 Million Excluded Worker Fund

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Undocumented immigrants and other workers ineligible for previous rounds of pandemic relief money can now apply for up to $2,000 per household.


As Murphy, Ciattarelli Pitch Post-Pandemic Future, Labor Shortage Slows Recovery

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

While New Jersey has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.1%, there’s also a serious worker shortage.


Obama Stumps For Murphy In Newark As Early Voting Kicks Off In NJ

Saturday, October 23, 2021

New Jersey voters can vote early in person through October 31st. 


Newark Police Will Stop Releasing Mugshots For Minor Offenses

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Minor offenses are generally nonviolent and don't result in jail time. 


NJ Hospital Network Fires 118 Employees For Failing To Get COVID Shot

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

RWJ Barnabas Health, which operates 11 hospitals across the state, gave its more than 35,000 workers until last week to get fully vaccinated. 


Newark Ex-official Indicted On Bribery Charges

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Carmelo Garcia is a former deputy mayor in Newark. 


Boil Water Notice For 250K North Jersey Residents Finally Lifts After Six Weeks

Friday, October 15, 2021

Officials from the Passaic Valley Water Commission said the water is now safe to consume.


Passaic County Residents Start 6th Week On Boil Water Advisory After Ida Dirties Reservoir

Thursday, October 07, 2021

About 250,000 customers have been affected.


Newark Has Replaced Nearly All Its Lead Pipes In Record Time

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Newark's lead levels first spiked in 2017. 

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NJ Schools Report 26 COVID Outbreaks, 102 Cases

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

 82 students and 20 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 during the current school year.


New NJ Homeless Count Shows Impact Of Pandemic

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

NJ Counts is the annual count of the state's homeless population. 


NJ Fund For Undocumented Workers Will Launch Next Month

Monday, September 20, 2021

New Jersey is getting ready to roll out $40 million dollars in aid to undocumented workers.

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N.J. Ida Death Toll Rises To 29 As Two Young Friends' Bodies Found In River

Friday, September 10, 2021

 Two bodies pulled from the Passaic River earlier this week were identified as the pair of friends who disappeared during the storm.


Ida Forced At Least 58 NJ Schools To Start The Year Remotely

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Some schools sustained damage others remain blocked by damaged roads or bridges. 


NJ Students Get Ready For In-Person School After 18 Months Away

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

With the exception of a handful of districts that suffered damage in last week’s flooding, Murphy isn’t giving students a remote learning option.


7-year-old Rescued During Ida Hugs Biden During NJ Tour

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Biden toured Manville, New Jersey to assess storm damage. 

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