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, transportation, environment, housing, policing and other areas 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 has taught journalism at City College and led trainings for journalists in several venues, including preparing reporters in Bhutan to cover their first-ever political campaign in that country's transition to democracy. 

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:

Where In The World Is Chris Christie's Cell Phone?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In a pair of explosive briefs,  Bridgegate defendants accuse Christie's lawyers of deliberately hiding or destroying key evidence that may be incriminating. Just like Nixon. 

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As The Curtain Falls on the Democratic Primary, Five Takeaways from New York Voters

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Some avid Bernie supporters are getting behind Clinton. And yet, some women who are most like her have their doubts. 

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This Week in Politics: A Historic Moment – But Don’t Get Too Excited

Friday, June 10, 2016

Would a Clinton presidency guarantee progress on women's issues and progressive causes?


As Hillary Clinton Claims Victory, Longtime Supporters Share Their Pride

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Under a (literal) glass ceiling in a packed Brooklyn warehouse, the former Secretary of State talked about her road to the present moment.

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New Jersey Gets Out the Vote

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

WNYC and NJPR's Matt Katz and WNYC's senior editor for politics & policy Andrea Bernstein talk about today's primaries in New Jersey, California, and other states.

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How Social Media Is Shaping the Democratic Primary's Bitter End

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In 2008, Facebook was brand new and Twitter barely existed. Now two-thirds of us get most of our news from social media.  And that's showing up in how voters view the campaign.

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This Week in Politics: Bernie Bros and the Fragility of White Men

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Supporters of Bernie Sanders are acting like Trump supporters. What's going on here?

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Bridgegate's 10 Stunning Plot Turns, From Christie To Trump

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Somehow, the Bridgegate scandal has taken us from a high school friend of Chris Christie all the way to Donald Trump.  

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Appeals Court Halts Release of Bridgegate Conspirator Names, For Now

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A secret hearing to be held in June could be decided by a panel that includes Donald Trump's sister. 

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This Week in Politics: What’s in a Nickname?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Trump calls her 'Crooked Hillary.' Should Clinton get into a name game with the master?


Judge Okays Release of Bridgegate Conspirator List After 'John Doe' Moves to Block It; Doe Appeals

Friday, May 13, 2016

In an eleventh hour move, a man named as "John Doe" asked a federal judge to keep the list of people who joined the Bridgegate conspiracy secret.

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Bridgegate Prosecutors Have a Second List: Who Knew

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Bridgegate case continues to bedevil Chris Christie as he transitions to the Trump campaign. Prosecutors have prepared a list of all those who knew about the bridge conspiracy. 

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Why Christie's Willing to Stand There Behind Trump

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Six months ago, Donald Trump was saying Chris Christie knew about the Bridgegate lane closures. Now, he's raising money to pay Christie's Bridgegate legal fees.

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Judge: Release All The Names of the Bridgegate Co-Conspirators. And Do It Now.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A federal judge orders the U.S. attorney to make public all the names of those it identified as having joined the conspiracy to politically shut down lanes of the world's busiest bridge.

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This Week in Politics: When Does 'Presidential' Donald Trump Show Up?

Friday, May 06, 2016

Presumptive nominee Donald Trump gears up for the general election with a fresh shot of conspiracy theories.


With Cruz Out, Two New Yorkers March Towards General Election

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton now look even more likely to go head to head in November.

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News Analysis: Hillary Clinton Wins A Different New York Than Her Husband Did

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As president, Bill Clinton pushed the Democratic Party to the center.  To win the presidency, his wife has now pushed back.

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With Over 125,000 Voters Purged, Plans to Audit the BOE

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer outlines his plan to audit the Board of Elections after complaints of polling problems.

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Hillary Clinton Wins New York Primary

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The former two-term senator held off a spirited challenge from Bernie Sanders in her adopted home state.

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A Blitz of Campaigning Ahead of New York Primary

Monday, April 18, 2016

The presidential candidates and their surrogates are fanning out across the region as voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday.

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