Karen DeWitt

Albany Reporter

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.

DeWitt 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 by the Women’s Press Club of New York State.

DeWitt has served as a panelist for numerous political debates, including the 2014 gubernatorial debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO

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Leecia Eve, one of four candidates running in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary for state attorney general, believes her background makes her more qualified to hold the office than her opponents.


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Gove. Andrew Cuomo walked back comments made earlier this week where he said that America “was never that great,” saying they were “inartful” and that he does believe the nation is, and has always been, “great.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo stirred some controversy Wednesday when he told an audience at a bill-signing ceremony in Manhattan that America “was never that great.”

Tempers flared Wednesday at the New York State Board of Elections, where commissioners voted to limit the subpoena powers of the investigator in charge of enforcing campaign finance violations.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making the rounds of national news programs now that he has become the target of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association.


Candidate for Attorney General Tish James says she’d take steps to fight corruption in state government if she’s elected, even if it means going against her running mate, Governor Andrew Cuomo. Karen DeWitt caught up with James when she was visiting the Saratoga Race track.


The state Education Department has announced it made an error in the distribution of some federal funding that favored the state’s charter schools over public schools.


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The Democratic frontrunner in the primary race for Attorney General, Tish James, says if she’s elected she’d be independent of her political ally, Governor Andrew Cuomo.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has both a primary challenger and several general election opponents as he seeks a third term. But New Yorkers might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking that the governor is actually running against President Donald Trump.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has ordered his Department of Financial Services to reject requests by health insurance companies to raise rates in response to actions by the Trump administration to weaken the Affordable Care Act.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying solid support from the leaders of most of the major unions in New York as he runs for a third term in office. But Cuomo’s relationship with organized labor was not always so sunny.


Zephyr Teachout, one of four candidates running in the Democratic primary for State Attorney General, says battling corruption in state government would be a top priority, if she’s elected. In the past few months, several former associates of Governor Cuomo have been convicted of bribery and bid rigging, and both former legislative leaders were found guilty on corruption charges.   WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt talked to Teachout, about her proposals.


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The former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday  after being convicted for a second time on federal corruption charges.

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A newly formed group is reaching out to public worker union members in New York, informing them of their rights — under the recently decided U.S. Supreme Court Janus case — to opt out of their unions. But union leaders say the organization is a front group for anti-union billionaires.


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Finishing his fifth trip to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria struck the island last September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new agricultural trade agreement – and had some harsh words for President Donald Trump.


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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 Monday.


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Gov. Andrew 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.

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The most recent Quinnipiac poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to lead his challengers by double digits.

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Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has just over $31 million in his campaign coffers, according to the most recent July filings. That amount dwarfs the amount collected by his challengers, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Republican Marc Molinaro, who each have less than $1 million in their war chests.

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Opponents to incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 governor’s race are continuing to weigh in on the corruption convictions of the former head of Cuomo’s economic development programs. Independent candidate for Governor and the former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says it’s not just Cuomo and his administration who are to blame.


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The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has renewed calls to reform the governor’s multibillion-dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid-rigging cases. But Cuomo said the problem is already fixed.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says as the head of state government, he bears some responsibility for the latest corruption scandal.

Primary challengers to a group of former break away Democrats in the State Senate have been gaining momentum lately, at least when it comes to campaign endorsements. Many are encouraged by the June upset win of primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to longtime Queens Congressman Joe Crowley.

For the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.


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Groups that back a woman’s right to choose abortion are sounding the alarm about President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to be the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Hours before President Donald Trump announced his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Gov. Andrew Cuomo railed against the selection. He also signed an executive order to help protect the reproductive choice rights of New York’s women should a future court overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.


Closing arguments are set for Monday in the corruption trial of a former associate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His political opponents say the case has highlighted some legal but unsavory practices in New York.

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President Donald Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice, which he has said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.


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Barbara Underwood has been New York's Attorney General for just over seven weeks now, after her predecessor Eric Schneiderman resigned after accusations he physically abused women he was dating. Schneiderman has said the encounters were consensual.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Underwood to talk about some of the very high-profile work that the office is continuing to pursue under her leadership, including the lawsuit by her office against the Trump Foundation.

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