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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Advocates for a minimum wage hike rallied at the State Capitol, amid growing signals that there might not be a special session to deal with the issue, or any items at all this year.

The rally, organized by churches located near the State Capitol , as well as statewide religious groups,  used words like faith and morals when talking about the connection they see between the growth of people coming to food pantries and the state’s stagnant minimum wage.

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A union funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation. The Fiscal Policy Institute says that trend continues, with the top 1% gaining more financial resources, while the middle class is falling behind and the numbers of the poor are growing.

One day after saying they could not “speculate” on when a key health review on hydrofracking in New York would commence, the state health department has now announced three university experts have been chosen and will review the data.   

The state’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, was tasked with hiring outside experts to review health impact data on fracking as the Cuomo Administration continues to study whether fracking will be permitted in New York.

Fracking could once again be delayed in New York, unless the State Health Commissioner is able to complete requirements to contract with outside health experts and conduct a health review by November 29th.

The State’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, was assigned the task back in September of compiling a panel of health experts to review data on the health effects of fracking.  The Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens had decided the additional review was necessary before any decisions on whether to allow fracking in New York State could proceed.

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Following on from his comments made Monday, Governor Cuomo has used his powers under the Moreland Act, to announce a commission to review the performance of utility companies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Karen DeWitt reports:

Governor Andrew Cuomo is launching a Moreland Act investigation into the state’s utilities companies, which he says he hopes will result in a complete overhaul of New York’s power distribution system.