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:

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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Sanders Rallies Brooklynites in Prospect Park

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Democratic presidential hopeful addressed another huge New York City crowd ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

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Hillary Clinton, Unedited: A Sit-Down with WNYC

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Democratic front-runner discusses why her rival Bernie Sanders deserves credit for highlighting income inequality and how her daughter shaped her views on gay marriage. 

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What Happened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Debate

Friday, April 15, 2016

The candidates made it clear that they're fighting for New Yorkers' votes at last night's tense (and at times loud) Brooklyn debate. But at this point, are they changing anyone's mind?

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The Battle of Brooklyn Gets Bloody

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Remember "I don't care about her damn emails?" That was before the polite disagreements between the Democrats came to Brooklyn.

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The Candidates Fight for New York

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

POLITICO's Anna Palmer and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discuss Paul Ryan's announcement not to pursue the GOP nomination and more election news as the New York primary approaches.

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Bernie's Brooklyn. Nearby, and Far, Far Away

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The candidate's Brooklyn roots are apparent with his every utterance. But, along with the Dodgers, Bernie Sanders left the borough behind. 

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In Speech from 1983, Sanders Rails Against the Establishment

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In a 1983 speech, Sanders displayed a distaste for bankers, the two-party system and political naysayers. But in a much stronger way than he does today.


As Senator, Clinton Made New York Love Her. Now She Has To Do It Again.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Clinton established her bona fides to New Yorkers when she was running for Senate here in 2000—but younger voters don't remember that.

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Sanders and Cruz Pull Double-Digit Victories in Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Bernie Sanders won for the sixth time in a row, and Ted Cruz secured a comfortable victory in Wisconsin.


Sanders, Headed Out From Wisconsin Victory, Aims Straight for New York

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The path to the Democratic nomination now goes right through New York. Take that, Iowa.

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New York Primary Becomes Brooklyn Brawl

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Clinton and Sanders camps are clashing on fossil fuels, the NRA and when and where to debate.

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Democrats Become 'New Yorkers' in Latest Rallies

Friday, April 01, 2016

The Democrats have begun campaigning in New York. Hear from reporters and listeners who've gone to the rallies.

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Clinton's Warm New York Welcome Portends Steep Hill For Sanders

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

In New York, they like her. They really, really do. 

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Presidential Candidates Descend on New York

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The ads, the rallies, the door-knocking. It's here. In New York. For two weeks, we have the candidates all to ourselves.


Democratic Campaigns Vow to Make It Brooklyn v. Brooklyn

Monday, March 28, 2016

With only one primary to go before New York's, the Democrats begin chest-puffing.

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In New York, Older Voters and Younger Voters Agree. Kind Of.

Friday, March 25, 2016

A 50-year generation gap: total agreement on the issues, but not the candidates.

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