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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In Albany, a hearing on the state budget was interrupted on Tuesday by protesters yelling, “Tax the Rich!”

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The New York Assembly moved Monday to establish New York as a “sanctuary state,” but the measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.

Alex Brandon / AP

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to pass a constitutional amendment enshrining the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution, is not gaining much traction in the state Senate.

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Governor Cuomo’s economic development chair was grilled by lawmakers at a budget hearing, as some of the programs are embroiled in a corruption scandal that’s led to corruption charges against several former associates of the governor.

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Eight protesters were arrested outside Governor Cuomo’s office as they demonstrated for more money for legal aid services for the state’s poorest.

Protesters chanted, “What do we want? Lawyers!” and blockaded an entrance to Governor Cuomo’s suite of offices at the Capitol.

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