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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:

Speaker Mark-Viverito Emerges From DeBlasio’s Shadow

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WNYC
After a year of working closely with the Mayor, Melissa Mark-Viverito shows she can speak with her own voice.  And also, down her shots. 

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The NYPD Doesn't Publicize Traffic Deaths a Quarter of the Time

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A homeless man, killed in a hit and run, was almost forgotten.  A WNYC investigation found his was one of 69 traffic deaths police didn't publicize, leaving crimes unsolved.
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Why Christie's Missing Texts Might Be Bridgegate's Smoking Gun

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WNYC Senior Editor for Politics and Policy Andrea Bernstein takes a look at why a series of text messages between Gov. Christie and a top aide during a legislative hearing.

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Christie, Aide Texted As Bridgegate Cover Story Unraveled

Monday, December 08, 2014

WNYC
Timeline suggests an engaged Gov. Christie, keeping a watchful eye on developments as the Bridgegate scandal unfolded.

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Why Did Christie Delete 12 Bridgegate Text Messages?

Friday, December 05, 2014

WNYC
A new report contradicts sworn testimony by a top Christie aide and the governor's own story that the traffic jams were so unimportant he barely paid attention. 

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Here Are 10 More People Who Have Died in Traffic Crashes This Year (Because It Keeps Happening)

Monday, November 24, 2014

233 people have been killed in traffic crashes in New York City this year.  More than half have been pedestrians. 
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No-Fault Traffic Deaths

Friday, November 21, 2014

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, reports on why drivers face no punishment in cases like Allison's and efforts by her parents to change that.

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After 47-Second Hearing, Driver Who Ran Over 3-Year-Old Is Found ‘Not Guilty’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WNYC
Our news analysis found that despite videotaped evidence of an SUV hitting 3-year-old Allison Liao, a judge took less than a minute to dismiss the case.
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This Week in Politics: Chris Christie, Billionaire Whisperer

Saturday, November 08, 2014

WNYC
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets ready for a turbulent second term, Gov. Chris Christie prepares for a bigger stage. 

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If NYC Fixed This Intersection, Why Do People Keep Dying There?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
A WNYC analysis shows that the most common location for NYC pedestrians to die is in a crosswalk with the light.
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This Week in Politics: Cuomo, Christie Bet the Farm

Saturday, November 01, 2014

WNYC
Cuomo is focused on the minutia of New York ballot lines. Christie has made the nation his target. Both men have a lot at stake. 

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In Westchester, Cuomo Poised for a Loveless Victory

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WNYC
Gov. Cuomo and Rob Astorino are both hometown candidates for Westchester, but our news analysis finds that voters in this key bellwether county are still cranky heading to the polls.

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What Our Ebola Quaratine Feels Like for One Nurse

Saturday, October 25, 2014

WNYC
Kaci Hickox, with Doctors Without Borders, detailed her ordeal as she was placed in mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, on orders from Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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This Week in Politics: On Ebola, Christie and Cuomo Seize Command, as de Blasio Urges Calm

Saturday, October 25, 2014

WNYC
Ebola has arrived in this region, and it presents a test for three area executives: Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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This Week in Politics: Is Cuomo Pandering?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WNYC
The Governor gives another reason why there's no campaign finance reform, and wants women and Latinos to know he's on their side.

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No-Limit Contributions Boost Cuomo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
In this news analysis, WNYC's Andrea Bernstein shows how a network of interlocking accounts paid for a permanent ad campaign that made meaningful opposition all but impossible.

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Your Upcoming Delays Were Avoidable

Friday, October 03, 2014

WNYC
News Analysis: It has come to this: tunnels under the Hudson were compromised by Sandy, and Amtrak's hoping a brand new tunnel gets built by 2024. But it didn't have to be so. 
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Sandy Concern Swells Marchers Ranks

Monday, September 22, 2014

The march had global climate change in its sights. But a local storm's lingering effects drew many New Yorkers and New Jerseyans, and brought some old adversaries together.

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This Week In Politics: Christie's Campaign

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WNYC
As Gov. Chris Christie takes up more and more room on the national stage, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recedes.

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Yes, The R Train Will Connect Brooklyn and Manhattan Once Again

Saturday, September 13, 2014

WNYC
The MTA is tight as a clam, but transit workers confirm the year-long tunnel closure ends Monday, 5 am.
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