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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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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Storm over
12:38 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Cuomo defends closing highways during storm

Albany firefighter Chris Kollias helps motorists jump start a vehicle on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings through Friday morning in most of the state. Temperatures are in the single digits or below zero, with the wind making it feel as cold as 20-30 below zero in some areas.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew  Cuomo says the worst of the winter storm is now over- but New Yorkers now face a new challenge- extreme cold.  

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Hydro-fracking in NY
7:28 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cuomo doesn't expect decision on fracking until November election or later

In this file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Grol

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the sate should go ahead with hydro-fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

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Response to Cuomo's tax commission
6:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

NY Assembly Speaker Silver mixed on tax proposals

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Tim Roske

The leader of the New York State Assembly is non-committal about enacting the details of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax commission plan. Speaker Sheldon Silver says he’s for property tax cuts, but not at the expense of school spending.

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Moreland Commission on Public Corruption
6:39 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Moreland report criticizes Albany and offers reforms

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit AP/Mike Groll

Advocates and lawmakers in Albany are reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission report. The report includes  scathing criticism of what the commission says is a corrupt culture in Albany, and recommends numerous reforms.

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