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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The new year for the state legislature has begun in discord, with Republicans in the Senate vowing to take a harder line against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is bringing charges against a former portfolio manager in the state’s pension fund, saying he accepted bribes, which included prostitutes and illegal drugs, from two hedge fund brokers.

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Former President Bill Clinton cast his ballot for his wife, failed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, at Monday’s Electoral College meeting in Albany. Clinton blames the loss on the Russians and the FBI.

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“Mr. Chairman we have seven votes for Hillary Clinton. Thank you.”

That was Connecticut State Representative Christopher Rosario, a Bridgeport Democrat, announcing the state’s Electoral College vote at a ceremony in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Hartford on Monday.

Eric Risberg / AP

If Governor Cuomo, D-N.Y., and lawmakers hold a special session next week, they are likely to consider whether to allow ride sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, to operate outside of New York City.

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