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:

Prison For Bridgegate Conspirators: 2 Years for Baroni, 18 Months for Kelly

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two former Chris Christie allies are headed to prison for their roles in the notorious traffic-related political retaliation scheme.

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From Russia to Trump Tower

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A series of puzzling real estate deals made by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort raises speculation.

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Investigation Digs Into Paul Manafort's Real Estate Transactions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real estate and law enforcement experts say some of Trump's former campaign manager's transactions in New York City fit a pattern used in money laundering.


Paul Manafort's Puzzling New York Real Estate Purchases

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Real estate and law enforcement experts say some of Trump's former campaign manager's transactions in New York City fit a pattern used in money laundering.

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Updated: Christie Friend Escapes Jail Time on Bribery Charge for 'Chairman's Flight'

Monday, March 06, 2017

David Samson, the former Port Authority Chair, was a father figure to Christie. He faced two years for "Chairman's Flight."

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Six Reasons Why Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is in Trouble

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

President Trump says he wants to spend $1 trillion to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. But there's no plan, no financing, and no staffing in place to carry that out.

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A Personal Remembrance of Wayne Barrett

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Barrett trained a whole generation of journalists to view every closed door as just a chance to walk up a back alley.

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No One Expected Obama Would Deport More People Than any Other U.S. President

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"La Promesa de Obama" was used to describe Obama's promise to reform immigration.  But 2.7 million immigrants were deported during his terms, earning him the title, "Deporter in Chief."

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Why President Obama Kept Coming to New York

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It brings in the money and buffs his image. It also links him to a city that some Americans view with suspicion.


When Outside Art Became In: Obama's Cultural Legacy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For eight years, the president surrounded himself with artists and activists of color. It was extremely glamorous, and yes, threatening.

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Wilbur Ross' Extraordinary Timing

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Bush imposed steel tariffs in February 2002, just as Trump's pick for Commerce Secretary announced he'd take over a major steel company. Which made Wilbur Ross a billionaire. 

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Obama Saved New York by Saving Wall Street. But.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

By August, 2011, New York City had recovered the total number of jobs lost in the Great Recession. It was almost three more years before the country caught up.  

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The Mood of New York, From Control Room 2

Monday, January 16, 2017

From 2008 to 2016, the feelings of New Yorkers slid from dancing in the streets to cascades of tears. Brian Lehrer reflects on the Obama years through the lens of his call-in show.

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She Loves Herself When She's Laughing, and Then Again When She's Looking Mean and Impressive

Friday, January 13, 2017

"I marvel at the thought of how my own little brown self would have been influenced growing up with Michelle Obama in the White House," says WNYC's Rebecca Carroll.

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Black Life and Death in the Age of Obama

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Obama era ends in enormous opportunity and crushing pain for black America. His presidency saved hundreds of thousands of black lives, even as the US watched a parade of black death.

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Christie Bridgegate Lawyer Poised to Become Top Wall Street Cop

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Debra Wong Yang, a personal friend of the governor's and a lead attorney on the widely criticized internal Bridgegate investigation, is reportedly Trump's top S.E.C. choice.

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Fired After Bridgegate. Hired by Trump White House?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bill Stepien, whose name was mentioned during the Bridgegate trial 351 times, is in line to become Donald Trump's White House political director. 

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The Christie Tracker Podcast Answers Your Questions

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The professors of Bridgegate respond to calls and letters.

The Christie Tracker Podcast: Bridgegatepalooza!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time for some traffic memories.

Political Party with Keli Goff: Election Night Party

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Join us via live stream for our Election Night party with WNYC, in partnership with Guardian US and Refinery29. Games, commentary and live updates.