Karen DeWitt

WXXI 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.

LATEST POSTS

Hochul Faces Challenges As She Gives First State of the State Address Wednesday
NEW YORK STATE
Delaney Hafener, Karen DeWitt | January 5, 2022
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul gives her first State of the State address Wednesday to a strictly limited audience as COVID-19 once again disrupts how the state functions and casts a shadow on the usually festive event at the State Capitol. Hochul, who just two months ago was urging all ...
Hochul’s New Statewide COVID-19 Mask Mandate Draws Blowback
HEALTH
Delaney Hafener, Karen DeWitt | December 14, 2021
Questions emerged Monday over whether new mask and vaccination requirements imposed by Gov. Kathy Hochul will be carried out by the businesses that must comply with them and the local governments that are being asked to enforce them. The rising virus transmission rate in portions of upstate New York prompted ...
New York imposes statewide indoor mask mandate, effective December 13th
NEW YORK STATE
Delaney Hafener, Karen DeWitt | December 10, 2021
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, responding to spiking COVID-19 rates in some parts of the state, is enacting a statewide indoor mask mandate in public places effective on Monday. She called it a “preemptive” strike to avoid an economic shutdown. Hochul said stores, restaurants, theaters and other businesses and venues can avoid requiring ...
Lawmakers Ask Hochul To Fully Fund Veterans Support Program
NEW YORK STATE
Karen DeWitt | November 12, 2021
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are asking Gov. Kathy Hochul to commit to full funding for a program for New York’s veterans who are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder from their time in service. Sen. Sue Serino, a Republican, and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, a Democrat, said the program -- ...
Ballot Redistricting Proposition Draws Mixed Reviews
NEW YORK STATE
Karen DeWitt | November 1, 2021
For the second time in seven years, New Yorkers are being asked on the fall ballot to alter the state’s constitution to make changes to the redistricting process, which every 10 years draws new lines for congressional, Senate and Assembly districts. The measure has mixed support from government reform groups. ...
Sheriff Says Cuomo Criminal Complaint Case Is ‘Solid’
NEW YORK STATE
Karen DeWitt | November 1, 2021
More details emerged Friday about the criminal complaint filed against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple explained some of the confusion surrounding the release of the document, which charges Cuomo with the misdemeanor crime of forcibly touching a female staffer at the executive mansion late ...