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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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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Westchester County Executive to run as Republican
1:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Astorino announces candidacy for NY Governor

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced his candidacy on YouTube on Wednesday.
Credit YouTube

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced his candidacy on Wednesday to run as a Republican against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Astorino made his announcement on YouTube.

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NY politics
12:57 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Cuomo spends on ads to promote budget priorities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is spending some of his multi million dollar campaign war chest on ads to promote his state budget priorities.

The ads, which feature in part Cuomo speaking directly to camera , focus on the governor’s pitch for his tax cut plan and an ethics package that includes public financing of political campaigns and a crack down on bribery.

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Government
1:26 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

NY Senate ruling coalition gains a new member

Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein, left, D-Yonkers, and Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Avella will become the fifth member of the IDC, which has ruled the state Senate in a coalition with Republicans since 2011.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Senator Tony Avella of Queens  has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats.

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college aid to the children of undocumented immigr
6:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

NY Assembly passes 'Dream Act'

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promoting the "Dream Act."
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats  approved  the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit. 

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