Andrea Bernstein

Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News.   She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.

Bernstein joined the WNYC news staff in 1998. She’s covered government, politics, planning and transportation since the early 1990's, and has at various points been assigned to cover Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio, 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 & 2013 elections, and founded the award-winning Transportation Nation website.

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 40 awards for her work, including the George Foster Peabody Award, 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

She graduated from Yale University, cum laude, with honors.

She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two children.


Andrea Bernstein appears in the following:

Feds Ready to Name Co-Conspirators in Trial of Former Christie Aides

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In a reversal, the U.S. Attorney says he'll tell the defense names all those evidence links to the conspiracy.  

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Clinton Foreign Policy 2.0: We've Learned Some Things, Let's Not Forget

Thursday, November 19, 2015

At the Council on Foreign Relations, the former Secretary of State presents her foreign policy as a more "intensified" version of Obama's.


Who Hillary Clinton Really Helped After 9-11

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yes, 9-11 altered Hillary Clinton. But aiding Wall Street was never at the top of her agenda. 

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Democratic Candidates Respond to Paris, Forecast Foreign Policy

Monday, November 16, 2015

Andrea Bernstein recaps the Democratic debate, and goes over information from a recent Bridgegate document dump.

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Cuomo's Team Discussed Bridgegate Cover-up Early On, Emails Show

Friday, November 13, 2015

A new email shows high-level Cuomo appointees discussed a Bridgegate cover-up months before the New York Governor said he'd heard of the scandal.

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Bridgegate Defendants: Christie's Team Hiding Thousands of Documents, Including Christie Emails

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On the presidential trail, Chris Christie is accusing Hillary Clinton of hiding emails.  In court papers, his former staffers says he's doing the same thing.

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More Legal Woes for United

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Already in legal hot water over a Port Authority bribery probe, the nation's third largest airline is now charged with hiking fares due to its near-monopoly control. 

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The Tale of the Tape: Hillary Clinton's Gay Marriage Evolution

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Sixteen years ago, Hillary Clinton clearly articulated an anti-gay marriage position. Now, she couldn't be a more full-throated supporter.

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The 11-Hour Benghazi Hearing, in 13 Minutes

Friday, October 23, 2015

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talks about yesterday's long-awaited testimony by Hillary Clinton before the controversial committee investigating the Benghazi attacks.

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Christie Bridgegate Lawyer: We Didn't Take Notes Because of "Intense" Media Interest

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Christie's lawyer offers a new explanation for his team's unusual approach:  we were watching. 

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United's New CEO Negotiated Controversial Port Authority Deal

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Prosecutors are scrutinizing a fee deal negotiated by Brett Hart, United Airlines new acting CEO. 

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Bernie Sanders and the Gun Control Dance

Monday, October 05, 2015

Far from the liberal orthodoxy, Bernie Sanders has framed the gun control conversation as one between rural and urban America. Hear three clips that trace his stance on the issue.

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Scandal Probes Claim Another Christie Appointee

Friday, October 02, 2015

Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox is resigning amid a federal probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which he previously lobbied on behalf of United Airlines.

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Port Authority: Former Christie Appointee Deleted Key Records

Friday, October 02, 2015

After a WNYC report, the Port Authority goes on the record: key records pertaining to a bribery investigation were removed by Gov. Christie's former top staffer at the bi-state agency.

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Port Authority Hid Records of Christie Appointee's Meetings With United

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Port Authority's deputy director held several meetings with United Airlines that are now at the center of a new federal probe. And the Port Authority tried to keep it a secret. 

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Bridgegate to Boarding Gate

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talks about the resignation of three United Airlines executives during an investigation into former Port Authority chairman David Samson.

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TIMELINE: United Airlines and Its Courtship of Chris Christie

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

For years, United airlines courted Christie and his team with meals, a special flight route, and campaign contributions.  A definitive timeline.

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United Chief Out as U.S. Attorney Probes Port Authority Dealings

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The CEO of United Airlines has resigned as the U.S. Attorney reviews whether a former Port Authority Chief received a free flight route in exchange for benefits for the airline. 

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Yes, New York Has a Winning Basketball Team, But Nobody Knows It

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The New York Liberty are romping. They've got a 70% winning record, streaked to the fastest playoff berth in WNBA history, and tied their all-time record number of wins. But...

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Nightmarish Train Tunnel Delays. Whose Problem Is It?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a helicopter when tunnel traffic is bad. Most commuters don't have that option. Maybe Washington will help.

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