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.

Karen DeWitt / WAMC

Budget talks are stalled one day before a self-imposed deadline of March 30 by Governor Cuomo and the state legislature. Meanwhile, groups left out of the detail expressed their dismay.

Mike Groll / AP

Talks on the state budget were stalled just days before the March 30 deadline, as Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers continue negotiations. Groups pressing for additional issues that are in the Governor’s budget plan have still not given up hope.  

Karen DeWitt / WAMC

Democratic candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon came to Albany to critique the school funding record of her potential primary opponent, Governor Cuomo. The funding is now being discussed in the state budget. As in all of her comments since she’s announced her candidacy, Nixon didn’t pull any punches.

Hans Pennink / AP

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating a new anti-sexual harassment policy for state and local government officials as part of the state budget. But several victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the legislature have come forward with a letter, asking that the issue be taken out of the budget, to allow more time for public input.

Hans Pennink / AP

It’s just over a week until the state budget is due, and there’s no resolution on an array of proposed new taxes and spending proposals, as well as several unrelated items that are tied to the budget.

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