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.

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4:28pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Business

Cuomo conference focuses on storm prep

Credit wnyc.org

Governor Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, Central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.

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4:36pm

Tue April 22, 2014
Moreland Commission

Moreland fallout continues for Cuomo, finds Siena poll

Credit http://publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov/

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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11:42am

Tue April 22, 2014
Politics

Poll shows Cuomo vulnerable on the Left

Credit siena.edu

A new poll finds Governor Cuomo in a double digit lead against his Republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes, if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

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1:23pm

Fri April 18, 2014
Fracking Health Study

Documents show fracking health study ongoing, group claims

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration’s is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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4:22pm

Tue April 15, 2014
Oil Trains

Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "Keystone" moment

Oil train protestors in Albany, Tuesday
Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.   

A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.

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