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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Karen DeWitt

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign. The head of Trump’s New York campaign say he expects the state to be in play.

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino says even though New York has many more Democrats than Republicans, Trump wants to compete against Hillary Clinton in his home state.

“We’re going to win big in Long Island and in Upstate,” Paladino said. “We’re going to get cross over like you’ve never seen before.”

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in a speech to New York’s delegates, assailed Hillary Clinton for her husband’s extramarital affairs when he was President in the 1990’s, saying Hillary tried to shut the women up.

Giuliani, who dropped out of a race to challenge Clinton for the 2000 Senate race in New York, which she ultimately won, focused on a topic that so far has been avoided even on the convention floor- whether Hillary was culpable in covering up her husband’s sexual dalliances. He called Bill Clinton the “predator President”, and says his wife “enabled him”.

Karen DeWitt

How will Trump play in Long Island? There are several crucial Senate races there that could determine whether the GOP keeps control of the upper chamber. Casey Seiler and Karen DeWitt talk with Mike Gormley of Newsday, and Larry Levy of the Hofstra Center for Suburban Studies about how Trump will fare in the suburbs. Also, we hear part of Rudy Giuliani's speech to NY delegates delving into the past of Hillary Clinton's husband, and using that against her.
 

Bonus, check out Mike Gormley's secret service pic:

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

New York’s delegates have high hopes for their nominee Donald Trump’s speech tonight, but some also want him to tone down some of his rhetoric and act more presidential.

State GOP Chair Ed Cox says a “great acceptance speech” will help to unite the party and fire everyone up for November. He defines that as something more serious than the sometimes rambling addresses that are very popular at Trump rallies.

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