Karen DeWitt

Capitol Bureau Chief

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.

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Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from office nearly two months ago, is continuing to fight an August report by state Attorney General Tish James that found he had sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, is demanding an independent review of the report, which she said destroyed the former governor’s reputation.

Governor Hochul's office

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned state Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs' remarks comparing an African American mayoral candidate in Buffalo to a Ku Klux Klan leader.

But the Democratic governor stopped short of calling for Jacobs' resignation, saying for now, she is satisfied with his apology.


Gov. Kathy Hochul says the state has ended its opposition to a 2006 ruling from New York's highest court that required billions more to be allocated each year to schools to address inequities in the education system.

The legal settlement means that New York will fully abide by the court order.

The New York Court of Appeals ordered that the state pay the additional money to the poorest schools 15 years ago, but the decision was never fully carried out by lawmakers.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that she has apologized to family members of nursing home residents who died at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.

The governor, in a weekly briefing on the state’s management of the coronavirus, also drew attention to another infectious disease -- the flu -- which she says may also pose a serious health threat this year.    

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A new Marist College poll finds that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul -- who’s been in office for less than two months after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace -- is the front-runner for election next year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York state will have to temporarily continue to allow religious exemptions for health care workers who say their faith prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

A federal court ruling extends the moratorium on that portion of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s vaccine mandate for hospital workers until a full court proceeding can be held. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul's office


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was thrust into the state and national spotlight this summer when she replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in disgrace over a sexual harassment scandal.

At the time, Hochul asked the public to give her 45 days to make the transition and start implementing key changes. Here's a look at what she's done in that time.   

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday signed a package of bills into law dealing with the opioid addiction crisis, saying the issue is a personal one for her family.

Hochul shared the story of her nephew, Michael, who was prescribed an opiate-based painkiller after he cut himself on a meat slicer while working part time at a deli as a teen.

He became addicted and sought drugs on the street, became homeless and went to prison.

Matt Ryan New York Now


The state ethics panel voted Tuesday to open an independent investigation of how the panel approved a $5 million book deal for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The deal has been the subject of a probe by the state’s attorney general as well as federal investigators. 

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, called a special meeting to reexamine the panel’s own decision, made in the summer of 2020, to allow Cuomo to write a memoir about his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The leader of the state’s Democratic Party is personally endorsing Gov. Kathy Hochul for election in the June 2022 Democratic primary and next November's general election.

He's also asking other potential candidates who have expressed interest in challenging Hochul to hold off for now, saying multiple candidates competing in a primary could be chaotic and harmful to the party’s chance of winning.