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


Politics & Elections
10:04 am
Fri August 22, 2014

AG challenger focuses on corruption commission

The Republican challenger in the race for New York Attorney General has begun airing TV ads and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Commission on corruption.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved the current Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, was with the commission. The commission's actions are now under federal investigation.

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Politics & Elections
2:46 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cuomo won't say whether he'll debate

Governor Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning stop at the State Fair in Syracuse, would not say whether he’ll debate Republican candidate for Governor Rob Astorino, or a Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout.

“I’ll leave that to the campaigns to talk through,” said Cuomo.

The governor was asked what he meant by the statement.

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Politics & Elections
4:03 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll shows Cuomo popular, but with weaknesses on corruption issue

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the race for Governor virtually unchanged since the spring, with incumbent  Governor Andrew Cuomo far ahead of his Republican and Democratic challengers.  The favorable ratings for Cuomo come after weeks of negative news stories about the governor’s alleged interference in an ethics panel, and an on going federal investigation.

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Politics & Elections
3:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans Democrats

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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Legislation & Policy
1:27 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Supporters launch campaign for yes vote on redistricting ballot amendment

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan Gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and the Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.

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