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

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:

This Week in Politics: Viva l'Italia?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Mayor is in Italy on vacation — while there was a controversial death in police custody. 


Tappan Zee Cost Reveals Cuomo Style

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


New York's governor is building a new Tappan Zee Bridge, funded by tolls. How much more will drivers have to pay? He's not as forthcoming about that bit. 

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This Week in Politics: The de Blasios' Roman Holiday

Saturday, July 12, 2014


As a LIRR strike looms, Governor Cuomo sits on the sidelines while Mayor de Blasio plans a 10-day vacation to Italy.


Christie's New Port Man: I Would Have Acted Differently in Bridgegate

Thursday, July 10, 2014

John Degnan, nominated by Christie to replace David Samson, says he would have  taken immediate action upon learning that lanes had been closed on the George Washington Bridge.

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Governors Cuomo, Christie Issue Thin Report on Port Authority Reform

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The governors of New York and New Jersey released a preliminary report detailing fixes for the besieged Port Authority. But it mostly restates problems already extensively aired in the wake of Bridgegate.


Christie's Climate Change

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, looks at both the way NJ Gov. Christie is negotiating the politics of climate change in the state while seeking national Republican support, plus the investigation into the funding of the Pulaski Skyway repairs by the PA at the governor's insistence and new Bridgegate phone records.

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Exclusive: Logs Show Dozens of Calls Between Former Port Chief & Top Christie Aides

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gov. Christie’s former top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, was in frequent contact with top aides at the statehouse during the week lanes were shut down at the George Washington Bridge, newly released documents show.

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Here's the Whole Backstory on the Second Christie Bridge Probe

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The New York Times had some juicy details Tuesday of the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation into the Christie administration's use of Port Authority funds to pay for NJ roads. Among them: a memo trail of legal objections to the move, which may violate bondholder covenants. But on January 16, ...


Can Chris Christie Keep His State From Sinking?

Monday, June 23, 2014


New Jersey is growing hotter, wetter, and sinking faster into the sea than almost any other state in the nation. Yet climate change isn't a topic that the state's governor wants to talk about. 

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This Week in Politics: A Primary Gets Contentious, a Budget Is Not

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Democrats bare their teeth and show their lovey-dovey side as a primary in an uptown congressional race gets heated. City Hall delivers the least contentious budget in decades — and the Albany session limps to its finale.


NJ Transit Now Knows Where to Put Its Trains When a Storm Comes

Thursday, June 12, 2014


A year and a half after Sandy, NJ Transit now has a comprehensive plan to handle weather emergencies.

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Christie's Chief of Staff Testifies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talk about Monday's testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closings by Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Christie's chief of staff and nominee to be the next New Jersey attorney general. 

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Christie Aide: I Didn't Ask, I Didn't Take Notes, I Don't Recall

Monday, June 09, 2014


In day-long testimony before NJ’s legislative Bridgegate panel, Gov. Chris Christie's Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd said over and over that he didn’t ask key officials any details of the lane closure scandal.

And when, at last, he did ask questions, he took no notes.

The Bridgegate scandal was coming ...


This Week in Politics: Crime and Punishment

Saturday, June 07, 2014


The balance of power in Albany starts to tilt


How Many Deaths Does It Take to Redesign an Intersection?

Sunday, June 01, 2014


A 25-lane Queens intersection had already claimed one life before 23-year-old Ella Bandes died there last year.

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Speed Cameras Switch Off When Crashes Are at Their Highest

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mayor de Blasio had made upping the number of speed cameras near schools a key part of his push for traffic safety. But a WNYC investigation shows that the most dangerous time to be on the road coincides with the exact hour those cameras shut off.

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This Week in Politics: Cuomo versus Christie

Friday, May 23, 2014


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rallied his party faithful at the state Democratic convention in Long Island, at the same time trying to temper mounting frustration from those on his left. Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took flack this week for never mentioning the state of Israel during a ...

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News Analysis: Andrew Cuomo's 99 Percent

Thursday, May 22, 2014


New York's governor has more campaign cash than the governors of several states combined. But less than 1% comes from small donors.

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This Week in Politics: The Politics of Budgets

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Mayor Bill de Blasio's budget was all good news — which was not the case for Gov. Chris Christie.


Governor Cuomo Wants Post-Sandy 'Reinvention' of NYC Transit

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


With the MTA's next long-range capital plan due in September, Governor Cuomo has weighed in to say it should focus heavily on coping with one factor: "a changing climate."

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