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


Health & Environment
12:26 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo says fracking study will be out by year's end

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review  will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day. He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report.”

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Politics & Elections
9:46 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Gubernatorial debate focuses on corruption, fracking, housing discrimination charges

Four of the candidates for governor of New York faced off in an hour long debate Wednesday night, where they discussed a number of key issues, and the two major party candidates traded charges of lying,  and even racism.

Governor Cuomo , a Democrat, Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s  Michael McDermott talked about hydrofracking,  legalizing marijuana and, being in Buffalo- the Bills football team.

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Politics & Elections
4:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Only debate of 2014 Governor's race

Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate shown on public television. Watch the full debate above.

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Legislation & Policy
3:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

No consensus on redistricting ballot amendment

Next month, voters will decide whether they want to change the way redistricting is done in New York, by voting on a ballet amendment that would change the state’s constitution.  But there are difference of opinion over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering, or not.

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Legislation & Policy
3:57 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Watchdog warns against ed Bond Act

The November ballot includes a proposal for the state to borrow $2 billion dollars to spend on technology for school children, like computer tables.  A fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of I-Pads.
The bond act would give New York State permission to borrow $2 billion dollars, primarily to invest in new technology for students in elementary and secondary schools, including I-Pads and other tablets.  It would also include money for building more classrooms for expanded pre kindergarten.

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