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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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York State, according to the State’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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The New York Legislature is off this week, but the session so far has featured an unusual amount of protests and arrests, and more actions are expected when lawmakers return.

Mike Groll / AP

A leading budget watchdog group is accusing Governor Cuomo of fudging the numbers in his state budget to appear to stay within his self-imposed 2 percent per year spending cap.

Karen DeWitt / WSHU

A group of upstate lawmakers are asking the state to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs that they say have been caught up in President Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.

Mike Groll / AP

The leader of the Senate Republicans says he’s against Governor Cuomo’s proposal to require local governments in each county to offer government consolidation plans to go before voters in November.

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