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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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.

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In a press conference today, Governor Andrew Cuomo put the cost of Hurricane Sandy at $33 billion. He also the reiterated his belief in the long-lasting impact of future extreme weather events on the state and city of New York.*

Cuomo spoke about the vulnerability of the city’s transport and fuel delivery systems and said that the fuel shortages experienced as a result of the storm were the outcome of only two days of disruption to supply.

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Welcome to election morning. Innovation Trail reporters will be spread out across New York state today and their coverage will be fed into local coverage and reflected here.

Meantime, here's some items from the Innovation Trail Mix.


Howard Glaser @hglaser1

Governor Cuomo took a helicopter tour of areas  devastated from Hurricane Sandy, along with New York’s Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.  He says the state faces “significant” challenges to rebuild, and will have to “fundamentally” rethink   New York City’s infrastructure  going forward.

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Governor Cuomo pledged to invest more money into promoting the state’s growing wine, beer, and spirits industries, following a day long special summit at the State Capitol.