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
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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Education & History
8:54 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Voters will decide education Bond Act this Fall

Voters in New York will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion dollars for new technology including I-Pads in school classrooms.  Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive but want to see more details.

The bond act, as it reads on the November ballot,  would  provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connections , as well as offer funds to build more pre kindergarten classrooms, and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.

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Education & History
9:16 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Students make incremental progress on Common Core math tests, but scores are flat on English exams

New York’s school children made incremental progress in math scores but no gains in English tests in the second year of Common Core related exams. Education officials say overall, only around one third of students actually passed the tests.
 

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