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.

Philip Kamrass / Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech, told lawmakers that 2018 “may be the toughest year New York has faced in modern political history.” 

Mary Altaffer / AP

Governor Cuomo delivers his State of the State address on Wednesday. The speech kicks off a challenging year of budget deficits and re-election races. 

Hans Pennink / AP

2018 might finally be the year that Democrats regain control of the State Senate. But they face a number of obstacles, and Republicans aren’t ready to give up any time soon.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Governor Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out January 3. But a top aide to the governor says it might be a while before the proposals could become law and take effect.

Mike Groll / AP

The tax overhaul plan passed in the House of Representatives Tuesday is drawing a mostly negative reaction from the state’s union and business leaders.  

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