Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio.

Karen DeWitt reports for a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990. 

She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York NOW. She appears on the reporter's roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers. 

Karen previously worked for WINS Radio, 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.



Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo, Astorino have rare encounter at business conference

Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Governor Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council’s annual meeting, and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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Thu September 18, 2014

Judge says redistricting proposal cannot be described on ballot as independent

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 9:51 am

New York state's 2012 Assembly map.
New York State Board of Elections

A judge has ruled that the wording on a November ballot item making changes to New York‘s redistricting process is biased and must be altered before Election Day.

The Supreme Court judge ruled that language describing a new board created to oversee redistricting in New York as independent is misleading and must be struck from the amendment’s description.

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Tue September 16, 2014

EPA rejects Cuomo plan for Thruway bridge loan

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The federal environmental protection agency has rejected a plan by Governor Cuomo to raid the state’s clean water fund to help pay for the New York Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge replacement.

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Thu September 11, 2014

Attention now on Cuomo - Astorino contest

Credit Flickr/Matt H. Wade

The primaries are over and the focus now shifts to the general elections, which are a little over seven weeks away. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo faces Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

Cuomo made a rare campaign style appearance in Buffalo with running mate Kathy Hochul just after winning the Democratic primary with 60% of the vote. Without mentioning him by name, he portrayed his Republican opponent Rob Astorino as a “hyper -conservative” out of touch with New Yorkers.

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Wed September 10, 2014

After primary, focus shifts to general election

After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo is now poised to run strongly against his Republican challenger. But will he have any lingering problems after more than one third of primary voters rejected him for an obscure law professor? Karen DeWitt reports.  

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