Award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is the Metro Editor for WNYC News. She has previously served as Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
Bernstein joined the WNYC news staff in 1998. She’s covered government and politics since the early 1990's, and has at various points been assigned to Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, and Andrew Cuomo. Bernstein was Political Director for WNYC and its national show, The Takeaway, during the 2008 elections, and covered that campaign from coast to coast. She was in charge of political coverage for WNYC for the 2012 elections.
Bernstein has worked with public radio stations across the country on several joint projects, including coverage of the 2008 and 2012 elections. Bernstein was executive producer, reporter and editor for the 2011 nationally-broadcast award-winning documentary "Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race, and Inequality."
Bernstein was one of 12 US Journalists to win a prestigious year-long 2007 Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She has won over 3 dozen awards for her work, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for radio, the National Press Club award for environmental reporting, and national Murrow (RTNDA) and Society for Professional Journalists awards for investigative reporting.
She was a political correspondent for the New York Observer for eight years, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, Newsday, the Nation, the New York Daily News, and Salon.com.
She graduated from Yale University, cum laude, with honors.
She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two children.
There’s a new report out that alleges corrupt misdeeds in Albany, including hidden campaign expenditures and bundles of contributions made to non-profits connected to lawmakers. Among the many findings, one stood out to us: A non-profit, housed in a New York City storefront, has received $3 million in funding from state lawmakers to provide medical services, but doesn't appear to have offered much in the way of services.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not Gov. Chris Christie. Cuomo does not regularly do national television interviews like "Meet the Press." He does not regularly out-wit reporters to a draw. He does not seek — and seek, and seek — the national glare. But there are exceptions: during disasters the magnitude of storms Sandy or Irene, and now Metro-North, he'll do things like pick up the phone and call Brian Lehrer.
George Bibel, mechanical engineering professor and author of Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters -- says that trains are up to 20 times safer than car travel (and 45 if you discount a recent Los Angeles crash), but that high-profile accidents like this can change perception.
The New Jersey Assembly is subpoenaing Port Authority chief Pat Foye to explain closures on the George Washington Bridge earlier this year which snarled traffic for a week. The Port Authority's shifting explanations have led several state Democrats to charge it was a politically-motivated act of retribution against Fort Lee's mayor -- who didn't support Governor Chris Christie's re-election.
New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie took a big step on the national stage this week, rising to head the National Governors Association. Meanwhile, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio talked transition under a big tent, and outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg shored up his legacy with a balanced budget announcement. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and New Jersey Public Radio Managing Editor Nancy Solomon break it down in This Week In Politics.
A new WNYC Data News map of public and private schools shows that two thirds of streets are within a quarter of a mile of schools, with that number climbing to nearly nine of every 10 streets in Manhattan, 82 percent of streets in Brooklyn, and 74 percent in the Bronx.
Put on Mayor-Elect Billl de Blasio's to do list: negotiating new contracts for almost 300,000 workers, who say they're owed as much as $7 billion in back pay from a roughly $70 billion budget.
The Bloomberg administration enters its waning days as Chris Christie gets ready to assume a national post — and from towers near grand central terminal to traffic on the George Washington Bridge, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin, and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.
The 2013 hurricane season is now over and New Jersey Transit still does not have a updated hurricane plan – more than a year after losing hundreds of its rail cars during Sandy.
Some years ago, to crawl out of its budget hole, NY's MTA said, essentially, there would be fare and toll hikes in perpetuity. But on Wednesday, the authority said, well, at least the hikes for 2015 & 2017 will be about half of what we projected.
State law says New York City can lower speeds on streets within a 1/4 mile of school. That's 55% of city's streets -- including 3/4 of those in Manhattan and more than 2/3 of those in Brooklyn and The Bronx. WNYC/Transportation Nation mapped the streets, as momentum builds for a law to restrict driving speeds to 20 mph in parts of the city.
There was broad consensus among New Yorkers that Bill de Blasio was the best choice on Tuesday's ballot. He got 73 percent of the vote and won among every major demographic group. But now that the election is over, what do we actually know about how he will govern? WNYC Metro Editor Andrea Bernstein and reporters Brigid Bergin and Anna Sale review what we know — and the potential wild cards.
Okay, we'll bite. It's certainly PR, but also kind of an irresistible factoid: Since its Memorial Day launch, Citi Bike riders have ridden 10 million miles in 5 million rides. To be sure, there's a ton of stuff the city isn't telling us -- like Citi Bike crash data, re-balancing problems, dock malfunctions, the number of customer service complaints, and a financial summary. But the numbers they did hand out do capture the imagination.
What now for Bill de Blasio? Ester Fuchs, professor of international and public affairs and political science at Columbia University and former adviser to Mayor Bloomberg, and Andrea Bernstein, metro editor at WNYC News, discuss what comes next for New York City's newest mayor.
Bill de Blasio romped last night, winning the vast majority of election precincts, no matter which racial group was dominant.
Bill de Blasio wins this campaign with a mandate and near-unanimous praise for his skills as a political operator. He was right that voters were hungry for something different from Bloomberg, and he gave them a consistent message of change. But after a rough start to his campaign, de Blasio also benefitted from a few lucky breaks.
Who said "I intend to be the Mayor of all of the people"? Who said "all groups are part of this city"? Who said "I'm grateful and humbled by the mandate the people of the city have given me"? Test your knowledge and get a glimpse of what New York felt like, beginning in 1965.
Staten Island has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. Joe Lhota campaigned there Friday with the former Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. But with Bill de Blasio looking at historic margins, there's a possibility all five boroughs might vote for the Democrat. Plus — more on who's giving to Bill de Blasio, and how his campaign is getting less and less transparent.
There was not a dry eye in the room Thursday morning as the parents and sister of a 12-year old boy killed by a van in Brooklyn testified in favor of a bill reducing speed limits in New York City's residential areas to 20 mph. The chair of the City Council's transportation committee, reporters, even the taxi owner lobbyist who'd come to testify against the bill -- couldn't stop crying. We were sobbing too.