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.

Mike Groll / AP

Governor Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid rigging in some of his major economic development projects, but critics on both the left and the right say the governor is failing to address the bigger picture – whether the $8.6 billion dollars’ worth of programs are an effective use of public monies.

Mike Groll / AP

The criminal charges against nine of Governor Cuomo’s associates is the latest incident in a wave of corruption that has enveloped the State Capitol for the past several years.  When Cuomo first became governor in 2011, he promised to do something about it. So far, he has not been particularly successful.  

Mike Groll / AP

A former Cuomo Administration official is among those named in a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, accused of carrying out kickback and bribery schemes over a period of several years. Many of those illegal acts, the complaint alleges, involve the governor’s much touted Upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

Brennan Linsley / AP

Opponents of a pipeline expansion that would flow through vast portions of New York want the Cuomo Administration to deny a key permit that could result in a halt to the upgrade.

Matt Rourke / AP

A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters, but Clinton has some weak points.

Clinton holds a 21-point lead over Donald Trump among New York likely voters in the Siena College poll, down slightly from a 25-point lead one month ago.

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