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 at a Mike Bloomberg press conference in Albany.

Karen interviewing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
Karen interviewing SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

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Politics & Elections
9:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Silver will leave post as speaker on Monday

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

After two long days of closed door meetings, as Assembly Democrats reacted to the mounting fall out from Speaker Silver’s arrest on corruption charges, the Democrats now say Silver will leave his post on Monday.

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Politics & Elections
9:42 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Assembly rejects Speaker Silver, deliberates over next step

Assembly Democrats are planning to huddle behind closed doors again in Albany today, trying to decide their next move after they decided Monday that they no longer have confidence in their in their present Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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Politics & Elections
12:10 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After arrest, Speaker Silver to return to the Capitol Monday to try to maintain business as usual

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver returns to the Capitol Monday to preside over the scheduled legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million dollars. Karen DeWitt reports on what the Speaker is likely to find when he arrives.

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Legislation & Policy
6:45 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo proposes criminal justice reforms

Governor Cuomo laid out a series of proposals for reforming the state’s criminal justice system, after heightened tensions over the death of an unarmed Staten Island resident after an encounter with police, as well as the recent murder of two police officers.

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Education & History
5:25 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Cuomo challenges teachers, lawmakers, in budget proposal

Governor Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.

The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are “baloney,” because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.

“98% of the teachers rated effective,” Cuomo said. “Who are we kidding, my friends?”

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