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
2:23 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Debates still in flux

Governor Cuomo has accepted two debate offers from media outlets, but neither format includes a one-on-one televised contest between the incumbent Democrat and his Republican opponent. GOP candidate Rob Astorino is objecting.

One of the debates would take place in Buffalo, sponsored by the Buffalo News and public television and radio stations WNED, and WBFO.  It would include Governor Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott.

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Politics & Elections
8:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Governor Cuomo visits Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four US governors on a trip to learn about counter terrorism measures.

Cuomo and the other governors were invited by the Defense Department, to receive briefings on counter terrorism efforts and increasing global threats, and to meet with the troops, including 270 Members of the New York National Guard and 900 Members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.

Cuomo held a conference call from the country.

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Politics & Elections
8:54 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Cuomo agrees to two debates

Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates, both on public broadcasting, with his opponents, but his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.

The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one on one between Cuomo and Astorino.  

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Politics & Elections
1:38 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cuomo ahead, but new poll shows weakness

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Governor Cuomo maintains a double digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all time low.
 
The Siena poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino at 56 to 27%.  Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins gets 7%.
 

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Politics & Elections
8:22 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Astorino, underdog in governor's race, relies on creativity

The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is far behind in the polls and in fundraising, compared to incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo. But Astorino is making the most of his campaign, quick to improvise or bend a situation to his advantage. And he maintains that he expects to win.
 
Since last winter, Republican candidate for Governor and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has been determinedly traveling the state, expounding on a core message that he lays out in an introductory video.
 
“As a state, are we winning or are we losing?” Astorino asks.

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