Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990.  She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers. 

Karen previously worked for WINS Radio, New York, and has written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life and the Albany newsweekly Metroland.

She is a past recipient of the prestigious Walter T. Brown Memorial award for excellence in journalism, from the Legislative Correspondents Association, and was named Media Person of the Year for 2009 by the Women’s Press Club of New York State.

Karen is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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Casino expansion in NY
11:28 am
Thu April 10, 2014

NY Gaming Commission hears testimony on problem gambling

File photo- Visitors play the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in Jamaica, New York. Resorts World Casino was New York City's first legalized gambling "racino" at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

The New York State Gaming Commission is holding hearings on the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York over the next several years.

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Business
12:12 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Cuomo showcases NY beer, wine, spirits & cider industries

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted a second beer, wine, spirits and now cider summit Tuesday to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries. Cuomo says the industry has created a few thousand new jobs in the state.

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Budget
9:18 am
Tue April 1, 2014

After marathon voting session, NY lawmakers pass budget

The windows of the Assembly Chamber at the Capitol are illuminated as lawmakers worked into the evening on the state budget on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

State Lawmakers in New York passed a $140 billion budget on Monday night just before a midnight deadline. But it wasn't without controversy.

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Includes disbanding Moreland Commission
8:53 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

NY lawmakers and Gov. Cuomo reach budget agreement

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a $137 billion dollar state budget. The agreement includes a limited pilot program for public campaign financing that would  apply only   to the state Comptroller’s race.

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"Three men in a room"
9:50 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Budget decisions made behind closed doors in long Albany tradition

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, and press secretary Michael Whyland walk to through the War Room on their way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office for a legislative leaders budget meeting at the Capitol on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

When a budget deal is finally reached in Albany, average New Yorkers will have had little access to the details of the important items that Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers are discussing. That’s because, the long Albany tradition known as "three men in a -room" continues.

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