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Andrea Bernstein

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 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.

Andrea Bernstein appears in the following:

Did Christie Aides Cover Up Bridgegate?

Monday, April 14, 2014

WNYC

Although Gov. Chris Christie's internal investigation says no, the trail of emails and texts among his top staffers suggests otherwise.

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This Week In Politics: A Flood of Cash

Saturday, April 05, 2014

WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wins and loses in the Albany budget....campaign reformers just lose...and new details emerge on how Chris Christie mingled campaign and government work. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and Robert Lewis break it all down This Week In Politics.

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How Christie's Office Used Government Employees to Win Endorsements

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The thrust of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election strategy last year was to secure endorsements from Democratic officials -- and new Bridgegate documents show just how intent he was to make sure that happened.

The documents, culled by WNYC from thousands of pages released by his attorney last week ...

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'Exhaustive' Christie Report Omitted Port Authority

Monday, March 31, 2014

WNYC

Christie's investigation into Bridgegate ignores the bi-state agency at the center of the scandal.

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This Week In Politics: Christie's In-House Cleaning

Saturday, March 29, 2014

WNYC

An internal report by a group of high-powered lawyers says Christie and his allies did nothing wrong. So why did Port Authority Chairman David Samson resign?

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Fifth Christie Ally Resigns

Friday, March 28, 2014

As a close ally and confidante resigns from the Port Authority, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in his first press conference in months that he's been "sensitized" by the bridgegate scandal.

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The Christie Report

Friday, March 28, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein talk about what Governor Christie's lawyer, Randy Mastro, found in his review of the governor's involvement (or lack thereof) in the George Washington Bridge closures.

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If the Bridgegate Review Is Legit, It Must Answer These Questions

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WNYC

Lawyers for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will release a report this morning examining the scandals that have piled up around the governor since the discovery last fall that days of traffic jams in Fort Lee were engineered by Christie's political staffers. The governor was reelected in a landslide last ...

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David Samson: The Christie Aide Who Has Survived The Scandal

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired two of his aides when the "Bridgegate" scandal broke. He's standing by another ally, though: David Samson, a Port Authority appointee linked to several scandals.

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Could Citi Bike Go Broke?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

After months and months of rosy reports about ridership, reports last week show that Citi Bike is actually in big financial trouble. How did this happen? Kate Hinds, WNYC transportation reporter, and Andrea Bernstein, WNYC metro reporter and editor, discuss the numbers and how Citi Bike could be saved.

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This Week in Politics: de Blasio, Christie, Samson Feel the Heat

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WNYC

The first Bridgegate question — and calls for Port Authority Chair David Samson to resign. This Week in Politics breaks it down.

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Port Authority Chair Samson, Under Fire, Voices Concern About Reform

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Embattled Port Authority chief David Samson is objecting to an outside review of how the bi-state agency's board works. And his objection comes as federal prosecutors are intensifying their scrutiny of Samson.

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Attorney in New Jersey Presses Inquiry on Christie Ally

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The investigation is looking into whether Port Authority Chief David Samson broke any laws when he approved two major bridge contracts.

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This Week in Politics: The Mayor's Big Week

Saturday, March 15, 2014

WNYC

It was a big week for Mayor Bill de Blasio. An explosion leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem — and then a plan for universal pre-kindergarten emerged in budget talks in Albany. It wasn't exactly his plan, and it wasn't exactly a victory. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Beth Fertig sit down with special guest Azi Paybarah of Capital New York to discuss This Week in Politics.

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Prosecutor Opens Second Inquiry into Christie Ally

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

Gov. Christie and Gov. Cuomo are standing by David Samson, but now federal prosecutors are looking into his mix of Port Authority leadership and private business.

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New York Fines Peer Ride-Sharing Service

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

New York's governor is cracking down on RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car sharing service that has become popular among younger, mostly urban residents.

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Six Ways the Christie Administration Blocked Reform at the Port Authority

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

Early in his first term, Gov. Christie promised to shine a light on the authorities and commissions he said were New Jersey's “shadow government." But when it came to the bi-state agency that brings in billions of dollars a year, it was more of a shadow reform.

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This Week in Politics: Slugging It Out in Albany

Saturday, March 08, 2014

WNYC

Cuomo and de Blasio slug it out in Albany over who cares more about education.

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This Week in Politics: Is Christie Getting his Mojo Back?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This Week in Politics: Christie's up, and De Blasio gets his first major bill passed.

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Christie Still Backs Port Authority Chair

Thursday, February 27, 2014

WNYC

Despite apparent conflicts, Christie "strongly, firmly" backs Port Authority Chair. 

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