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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Offices raided, accusations denied
6:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers draw attention of FBI

New York lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate are coming under scrutiny from the FBI. The State Capitol offices of an Assemblyman were raided, and a State Senator gave a tour of her home property in an attempt to debunk accusations from federal investigators that she engaged in an illegal land deal. 

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Moratorium possible on Common Core test results
6:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NY lawmakers consider delaying effects of Common Core testing

New York lawmakers say it’s likely the state budget will include a moratorium on the effects of school exams administered in connection with the controversial Common Core learning standards.

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"people are nervous"
6:34 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Poll: most NYers say they're not better off compared to a year ago

A new poll finds the majority of New Yorkers say they are not better off now than they were four years ago.  The sentiments do not seem to be hurting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s chances for reelection.

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fund programs, don't cut taxes6
10:06 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Demonstrators arrested in Albany budget protest

Demonstrators in Albany, NY protest Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.
Credit Karen DeWitt

Around two dozen demonstrators were arrested at the state Capitol in Albany , at a protest of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget. 

  

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Lost by one vote
6:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NY Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

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