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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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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November Ballot Referendum
10:03 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mixed reaction to proposal raising NY judge retirement age

New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
Credit NYcourts.gov

A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in New York would raise the retirement age for some state judges from 70 to age 80. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. Supporters include the state's 68 year old chief judge Jonathan Lippmann, who says the law created in 1869 is an "anachronism".

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Ballot Referendum
9:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

No consensus on amendment to raise NY judge retirement age to 80

Appellate Courthouse at 27 Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
Credit NYC.gov

A proposal on the November ballot in New York State to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support, and one court expert says that’s a shame.

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New casino gambling amendment ad
6:44 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

First TV ad in support of NY casino ballot amendment

The first TV ad in support of the ballot amendment to build new casinos in New York has been released. Critics claim the ad is disingenuous. 

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NY casino gambling amendment
4:41 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Siena Poll finds NY voters influenced by wording of gambling amendment

A poll released on Monday finds the positive wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York State is influencing voters.  The poll finds a majority of New York voters support the amendment. 

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