Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Correspondent, Albany

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, 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, 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.



Mon October 3, 2011
Politics and Government

Cuomo opens door to avoid layoffs

Governor Andrew Cuomo opened the door to avoiding  the layoffs of 3500 state workers after a union contract was rejected, but he says it’s entirely up to the union leadership whether the job cut backs occur or not.

The Public Employees Federation is floating the idea of some so called tweaks to the tenets of the rejected labor contract, including, perhaps charging more for health care on a sliding scale
based on the amount of a worker’s pay.

In an interview with public radio, Governor Cuomo says he’s “open” to talking about the proposals .

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Fri September 30, 2011
Politics and Government

Union President Hopes to Avoid Layoffs After Contract Rejection


Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with
Governor Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3500 layoffs ordered by the governor.

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Sat August 13, 2011

New York Negative on Obama for the First Time

ALBANY (August 12, 2011) - A poll finds that for the first time, President Obama has a negative rating in New York State.

WRVO's capitol correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.


Sat August 13, 2011

Comptroller Proposes Fund to Fix Potential Fracking Problems

ALBANY, NY (August 11, 2011) - New York's top financial official says the gas industry should pay into a fund to fix any mistakes they make.

WRVO Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt has details.


Sat August 13, 2011

Republicans Struggle with State Redistricting

ALBANY, NY (August 8, 2011) - Republicans hold a one vote lead in the State Senate and worry that changes to the way districts are redrawn will put them at a disadvantage to hold the majority.

WRVO's Karen Dewitt reports.


Sat August 13, 2011

Cuomo Signs Bill to Allow Power Plants to be Built

ALBANY, NY (August 5, 2011) - The bill will help Gov. Cuomo make the case for closing the Indian Point nuclear plant downstate.

WRVO Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt explains.


Sat August 13, 2011

State to Investigate Non-profit Execs Pay and Benefits

ALBANY, NY (August 4, 2011) - A revelation in the New York Times that a non-profit funded mainly by Medicaid has executives who pulled in a million dollars in pay and benefits has caused the state to investigate.

WRVO Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt tells us that the state plans to look at the compensation of non-profit leaders statewide.