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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Waiting for health study
5:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

NY environmental commissioner: Fracking likely delayed for at least a year

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

One day after President Obama touted the hydro fracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” New York's   environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.  

 

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Package put together to pass, not provoke
5:55 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Cuomo budget looks at universal pre-k and cutting taxes

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo delivering budget address in Albany
Credit AP/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his state budget  on Tuesday. The $137.2 billion spending plan includes more money for schools , including a phase-in of funding for universal pre-kindergarten programs. It would also freeze property taxes for two years, if local governments cooperate. 

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funds for public finance program and enforcement
1:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

NY reform groups like Cuomo's public campaign finance proposals

Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.  

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Biden visits Albany
9:16 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Cuomo, VP Biden meet on infrastructure rebuilding plans

Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a discussion on the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. The two are potential Presidential contenders in 2016 but they had nothing but praise for one another.

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Cuomo set to deliver state of the state
6:23 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deliver State of State: few surprises expected

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives his annual State of the State speech on Wednesday. The governor has already introduced some of his key agenda items, but there are still some surprises left.     

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