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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Government
10:22 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Activists take to their smart phones to web cast Assembly meetings

Government reform activists in New York brought their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings in Albany on Wednesday to live stream meetings that so far have not been available to the public on the internet.

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Lost by one vote
6:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

NY Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

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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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Education
10:49 am
Thu March 6, 2014

NY Assembly votes to delay Common Core

New York State's Assembly chamber
Credit assembly.state.ny.us

The New York State Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday to delay some of the effects of the state’s Common Core learning standards.

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