Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief at New York State Public Radio

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.

A regular contributor to 'New York NOW,' she frequently appears on the Reporters' Roundtable segment and often 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.

Karen at a Mike Bloomberg press conference in Albany.

Karen interviewing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

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Politics & Elections
2:56 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo, Astorino have rare encounter at business conference

The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Governor Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council’s annual meeting, and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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Politics & Elections
8:47 am
Fri September 19, 2014

GOP candidate gets tepid reception at business dinner

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino  received a mostly polite reception from the state’s biggest business  lobby at their annual meeting in Lake George.

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Legislation & Policy
9:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Judge says redistricting proposal cannot be described on ballot as independent

A judge has ruled that the wording on a November ballot item making changes to New York‘s redistricting process is  biased, and must be altered before Election Day.

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Politics & Elections
9:33 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Pro Cuomo ad criticized for photoshopping opponent's son out of picture

This election season seems to feature more than the usual amount of negative ads, with television spots painting opponents in a dark light. But an ad that criticized a candidate’s choice of a football team may have backfired when controversy arose over a picture that was altered to cut out his son.

Viewers of the most recent Buffalo Bills game saw an ad, sponsored by Erie County Democrats, that criticized Republican candidate Rob Astorino for being a Miami Dolphins fan.

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Politics & Elections
8:50 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Future of fracking will influence November election for governor

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

Governor Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his administration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.

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