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.



Tue October 21, 2014

No consensus on redistricting ballot amendment

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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 differences of opinion over whether the amendment actually gets rid of gerrymandering, or not.

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Thu October 16, 2014

Cuomo says state preparing for potential Ebola cases

Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles.
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There are no known cases of Ebola in New York, but Governor Cuomo and state officials are making preparations in case one occurs, and have identified eight hospitals as Ebola care centers.

Cuomo says eight hospitals around the state have been identified as Ebola treatment centers, and personnel at all 200 of the state’s hospitals will be trained on how to respond if a person with Ebola walks into their emergency room.

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Thu October 9, 2014

Republicans hopeful of winning control of state Senate

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Recent polls show Republican candidates for State Senate in New York are ahead of their Democratic opponents, offering the GOP new hope that they can retain some control of the Senate chamber in January.

Polls conducted in five battleground Senate races show Republican candidates ahead of their Democratic opponents, even when the Democrat is an incumbent. If they were to win all five seats, they would likely gain control of the State Senate in January. Steve Greenberg is a spokesman for Siena College, which conducted the voter surveys.

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Wed October 8, 2014

Cuomo says conflicting studies make it hard to draw conclusion on fracking

Fracking protestors at New York State Fair 2013
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Governor Cuomo made some of his most extensive comments on the controversial topic of hydro fracking to date.

For the past two years, ever since the Governor asked his health department to conduct a health review, Cuomo has had little to say about the review or even what was being studied.  He would only say that  the work was continuing.

Cuomo now says it’s a challenge for his administration to hurry a decision, because there is new and often conflicting evidence emerging every day.

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Tue October 7, 2014

Candidates for Governor disagree on whether to ban flights from nations with Ebola outbreaks

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The topic of preventing the Ebola virus in New York State became part of the Governor’s race, when the Republican candidate proposed that flights be banned from countries with Ebola outbreaks.

Saying we should “err on the side of caution”, GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino is calling for a ban on all flights from Ebola stricken countries in Africa to New York’s airports.

He says the Ebola case in Texas, where the victim allegedly did not tell authorities that he had been in contact with someone with the disease,  shows that the screening process is not adequate.

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