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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some support it, others threaten to sue
5:51 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Reformers want NY Moreland report to include public campaign financing

Moreland Act Commission co-chair Kathleen Rice at a Commission hearing on October 29, 2013.
Credit publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov

  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission - the Moreland Commission -  is due to issue a report this week, and  reformers hope it will include public campaign financing for statewide elections. 

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Signals of legislative changes to Common Core
4:31 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Cuomo shifts on Common Core

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting on education in the Red Room at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit AP

Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools?  As Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards. 

    

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middle class tax break or lower taxes for all?
6:37 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Progressive groups: income inequality should be focus of legislation

Taxes and tax reform are likely to be a major topic in the next legislative session in New York.  Progressive groups and Republicans in the State Senate are weighing in.

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"many of them can't hold a pencil"
10:43 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

NYS groups push testing ban for very young students

A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York’s school  children in second grade and younger. 

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Ballot Referendum
9:54 am
Wed November 6, 2013

NY voters approve casino expansion, reject raise in judge retirement age

A woman and her daughter vote at Public School 6, in New York City, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

Voters in New York approved a referendum on Tuesday to expand casino gambling in the state and rejected a referendum to allow judges to serve until age 80.  Karen DeWitt reports that both are wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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