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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NY government corruption commission
6:36 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Moreland commission issues subpoenas

A corruption commission appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has voted to issue subpoenas to some members of the state legislature. The subpoenas force lawmakers to disclose money paid to them by private law clients. 

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Casino gambling amendment opposed
6:31 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Protestors smash slot machine outside NY Assembly

Dr Stephen Shafer, with the Coalition Against Gambling, takes his turn w/ the sledgehammer
Credit Karen DeWitt

Anti gambling activists took a sledgehammer to a slot machine in front of the New York State Capitol on Tuesday. The activists were demonstrating  against a ballot amendment to legalize gambling casinos in New York.  

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Cuomo wants property tax cuts for New Yorkers
5:32 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Cuomo appoints a new tax commission

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York recently appointed a new commission to look at cutting property and other taxes. The commission is headed by former Republican Governor George Pataki and former Democratic state Comptroller Carl McCall. Both are former political rivals of Cuomo.  

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NY casino gambling amendment criticized
4:13 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Judge to rule on the wording of NY's casino amendment

A New York State Supreme Court judge is expected to decide next week whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment. Critics say the wording is unfairly supportive of gambling. 

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Speaker Silver gets high ranking
6:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY environmental group gives Sen. Klein dubious "award"

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment. 

Note:  A spokesman for Senator Klein reacted to the ranking, calling it “another cheap gimmick brought to you by the tea party of the left.” He said Klein not only opposes hydrofracking outright, but has been endorsed by nearly every environmental group in every election he has ever run in. 

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