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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WXXI's Capital correspondent Karen DeWitt reports on a new poll on levels of support for hydrofracking:

The natural gas industry sees hopeful signs in a new poll that finds more New Yorkers now support hydrofracking. A Quinnipiac University survey also finds upstaters, who live where the gas drilling process would occur, back fracking in greater numbers.

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Groups for and against fracking are gearing up for an announcement by Governor Cuomo’s environmental officials  on whether the natural gas drilling process will be permitted in New York on a limited basis. But the  organizations, who are running ads, may have to wait a little longer.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is running television ads proclaiming New York’s business friendliness, but a recent set of rankings finds the state dead last in that category.

The truth likely lies somewhere in between.

This week's New York NOW features a one-on-one interview with longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).  

This week he put out a proposal that would raise New York's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour in January of 2013. It will surely pass his chamber, but is the governor on board?   

Silver sat down with Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio. He also talked about why he's pushing for a pay raise for his fellow lawmakers.

Watch the preview below, and tune in for the full interview this weekend on your local PBS station:

Environmental groups continue to ask the Cuomo administration to extend the public comment period on hydrofracking. On Tuesday, they tried to appeal to the governor himself.

The groups delivered 180 water-powered alarm clocks to Governor Cuomo’s office door. The groups say the public should have more time (get it?) to comment on the proposed rules that would allow hydrofracking in New York on some private lands.

Ever wonder what a water-powered alarm clock looks like? Wonder no more:

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