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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Senate votes 30-29 against the measure
11:24 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dream Act dies in NY State Senate

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.

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Attendance at Regents vote is unusual move
6:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

NY Senate Republicans to vote "no" on Regents as criticism of Common Core

New York Senate Republicans say they will break a long standing tradition of boycotting the election of new Regents. They now say they will attend a joint legislative session, and that many will vote "no" over dissatisfaction with the Common Core education standards.  

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Westchester County Executive to run as Republican
1:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Astorino announces candidacy for NY Governor

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced his candidacy on YouTube on Wednesday.
Credit YouTube

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced his candidacy on Wednesday to run as a Republican against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Astorino made his announcement on YouTube.

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NY politics
12:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending some of his multi million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera , focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.

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college aid to the children of undocumented immigr
6:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NY Assembly passes 'Dream Act'

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promoting the "Dream Act."
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats  approved  the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit. 

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