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.

Seth Wenig / AP

The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of Governor Cuomo has renewed calls to reform the governor’s multi-billion dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid rigging cases. But Cuomo says the problem has already been fixed.

Steven Senne / AP

Governor Cuomo released a study that finds the state could benefit by legalizing marijuana.

Seth Wenig / AP

A federal jury in New York has convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program. 

Courtesy of campaigns for Jessica Ramos and Alessandra Biaggi

Primary challengers to a group of former breakaway Democrats in the state Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements. Many are encouraged by the June upset win of primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to longtime Queens Congressman Joe Crowley.

Mike Groll / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo is upping the stakes in his disagreement with Republicans on the state and federal level over the right to choose abortion, now that President Trump has announced his choice of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Cuomo now says he’ll sue the federal government if the court overturns Roe v. Wade.

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