Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, 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, New York, 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.

Mary Altaffer / AP

In New York, Democratic primary challenger for governor Cynthia Nixon says she backs a single payer health care system for the state and would put one in place if she’s elected.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo finished his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck the island last September. He announced a new agricultural trade agreement, and had some harsh words for President Trump.

Mark Lennihan / AP

There’s a four-way Democratic primary for Attorney General of New York, to replace Eric Schneiderman, who resigned over allegations he physically abused women that he dated. One of the candidates, Zephyr Teachout, was at the Capitol for several events, including an endorsement by Assemblyman Phil Steck. Steck is one of the only state legislators who was a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Hans Pennink / AP

A group made up of women who have been sexually harassed at New York’s State Capitol are calling for public hearings. They say 46 lawmakers have already signed a petition.

Mary Altaffer / AP

Governor Cuomo’s economic development programs have been the subject of two federal corruption trials that ended with convictions for two of Cuomo’s former associates. Some say problems with the state’s $9 billion economic development programs go beyond  corruption, and that the structure of the programs is flawed.

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