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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Tensions between upstate Senators and New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio were highlighted during a budget hearing on aid to local governments in Albany, when lawmakers questioned the mayor for more than five hours.

Karen Dewitt

It’s been more than 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing a women’s right to choose an abortion, but advocates say New York lawmakers have yet to translate the provisions of the landmark Supreme Court decision into law in the state.

New York already has laws legalizing abortion rights, approved in 1970, but advocates say they’re outdated, and the legislation needs to be upgraded to protect women if the Supreme Court ever reverses the Roe v. Wade decision.

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(Update: The New York State Senate confirmed Janet DiFiore as chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals on Thursday, Jan. 21.)

The New York State Senate held a confirmation hearing for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s choice for the state’s Chief Judge.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo got involved in the rhetoric of the GOP debate, appearing on three morning TV news shows to defend New York against disparaging remarks made by Republican candidate Ted Cruz in a debate.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his State of the State message and $143 billion dollar budget spending plan, including $1 billion more dollars for schools next year, and ethics reforms.

Cuomo saved his plans for education and ethics reform for his speech, after already rolling out a massive infrastructure project that he said will make the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller “jealous,” calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, and numerous other proposals.