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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campaign finance, Dream Act and more
6:25 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Unfinished Business in New York's Legislative Session

Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, N.Y. Senate co-leader and leader of the Independent Democrats, is pushing campaign finance reform and the Dream Act.
Credit File photo/AP

  There’s around two months left in the legislative session, and a number of issues left on the agenda. But it’s uncertain how many of them will actually become law.

Governor Cuomo, who’s failed to achieve a number of progressive items over the last two years, including public campaign finance reform and a Women’s Equality Act,  told the Democratic Rural Conference that he’ll try to get them passed in the state legislature in the next eight weeks, before the session ends in June.

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Program is "fundamentally flawed"
6:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Schools sharing services...an idea whose time hasn't come?

New York Governor  Andrew Cuomo and the legislature approved a plan in the state budget to hold the line on taxes and encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years. But according to a report by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn’t want them. 

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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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