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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Election 2014
10:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Cuomo Wins 2nd Term

Sandra Lee applauds her partner, New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he waits for supporters to quiet down during a victory party at Democratic election headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 after Cuomo defeated Republican challenger Rob Astorino. He is the first New York state Democratic governor since his father to win re-election in the nation's third largest state.
Credit AP Photo/Kathy Willens

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won re election to a second term by a , easily beating his nearest opponent , Republican Rob Astorino.

Cuomo , to chants of “four more years”,  promised to deliver in his next term on a mostly progressive agenda, including enacting a number of items that were stalled in the State Senate over the past couple of years, like an abortion rights provision as part of a women’s rights agenda and public financing of political campaigns.

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Election 2014
1:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

NY gubernatorial debate focuses on corruption, fracking, housing discrimination charges

Four of the candidates for governor of New York faced off in an hour long debate Wednesday night, where they discussed a number of key issues, and the two major party candidates traded charges of lying,  and even racism.

Governor Cuomo , a Democrat, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s  Michael McDermott talked about hydro fracking,  legalizing marijuana and ,being in Buffalo- the Bills football team.

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Election 2014
8:45 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Cuomo holds off Teachout in NY Democratic primary

File Photo- N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his running mate, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, acknowledge audience applause as their party's nominees at the state's Democratic Convention, in Melville, N.Y., Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul held off a challenge from two law school professors in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But, gubernatorial challenger Zephyr Teachout won over one third of the vote statewide, and 43 percent of the 16,000 votes in Suffolk County.

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New York Politics
6:13 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fall out for Cuomo over report his aids interfered with ethics probes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks during a news conference as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left, and Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick listen on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit Mike Groll/AP Photo

One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on him to hold an explanatory press conference.  Another is demanding that Cuomo resign after an in depth account in the New York Times that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

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Hopes it has a natiowide impact
4:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Architect of NY medical marijuana bill is gratified by its passage

NY Democratic State Senator Diane Savino
Credit Karen DeWitt

The sponsor of the medical marijuana bill that successfully passed the New York state Senate on Friday says she’s “gratified” by the larger than expected number of yes votes. State Senator Diane Savino hopes the new law will have wider repercussions. 

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