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.

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

One of the centerpieces of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development plans has created just a small number of jobs so far, but the governor is urging patience.

Mike Groll / AP

It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children, but advocates say in the decade since the 2006 ruling, many so-called “high needs” schools have fallen even further behind.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues.

Mike Groll / AP

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made the second stop in his ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ tour in Albany Friday afternoon, where he told a small but loyal group of supporters that he’ll fight to get key items into the national Democratic Party platform, including a nationwide $15 minimum wage, and has been in talks with Hillary Clinton’s campaign over a greater focus on progressive issues.

Seth Wenig / AP

Some homeless advocates are dismayed by what they say is Governor Andrew Cuomo’s failure at the end of the legislative session to follow through with promises to fund five years’ worth of new supportive housing and other services for the homeless. Their complaints come as the state comptroller issued a scathing report on the state of homeless shelters across New York.

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