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.

Cuomo Says: Vote!

Sep 14, 2016
Mike Groll / AP

On a state primary day, and during a hotly contested presidential campaign, Governor Cuomo issued a somewhat non-partisan message to New Yorkers: vote, or don’t complain about the results.

Brennan Linsley / AP

A group of state lawmakers is teaming up with environmental groups to ask Governor Cuomo’s administration to ban the use of wastewater from hydrofracking and other oil and gas extraction from being spread on public roadways.

Courtesy of Labor Religion Coalition of New York State/Facebook

Religious and labor advocates rallied at the State Capitol Monday as part of a nationwide movement known as Moral Mondays, to urge state lawmakers to take more progressive stances on issues.

Mike Groll / AP

A well-known assemblyman from the Rochester area has committed suicide. A police officer saw Bill Nojay shoot himself near his family’s cemetery plot around 9:30 am Friday morning.

Mike Groll / AP

Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner faced an intense grilling from lawmakers at a joint hearing on how the administration handled water contamination in the eastern New York village of Hoosick Falls.

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