Karen Rouse


Reporter,  WNYC News, New York Public Radio

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Karen Rouse is a reporter for WNYC, a New York Public Radio station based in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and on NPR. Rouse led WNYC's coverage of New Jersey’s recreational marijuana legalization and has written extensively about issues at the intersection of race and policy. Before joining WNYC, Rouse was a senior writer for The Record in North Jersey, specializing in transportation. She was also a reporter for the Denver Post, covering K-12 public schools and writing for the business desk. While at The Record, Rouse exposed NJ Transit's failure to follow its equipment safety plan during Hurricane Sandy and the consequent $120 million in damages to the agency's rail cars - and years of disruption for commuters. Rouse holds a B.A. in journalism and political science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and an M.A. in liberal studies from Rutgers University-Newark.