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:

This Week in Politics: Foundations - Ethical Minefields and Donor Magnets

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Why non-profits like the Clinton Foundation are so darn irresistible to donors.


Key Player in Bridgegate Scandal Hired by Donald Trump Campaign

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bill Stepien, fired by Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate scandal, has been hired by Trump to be his national field director.


This Week in Politics: As Trump Unravels, Support for Clinton Grows Among New York Voters

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A spectrum that ranges from "Anti-Trump" to "Pro-Clinton."

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Chris Christie Aide Accuses Governor Of Lying About 'Bridgegate'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Bridgegate" defense documents filed in court Wednesday night include a deleted text message from a Chris Christie staffer saying he "flat-out lied" during a 2013 press conference when he told reporters his senior staff were not involved in the bridge lane closures.


Former Staffer: Chris Christie 'Flat Out Lied' About Bridgegate

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A newly-released text message says Gov. Chris Christie lied about the involvement of top aides in the plot to close a lane to the George Washington Bridge.

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DNC Recap and Analysis

Friday, July 29, 2016

Recap and analysis of the DNC's final speeches.

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DNC Thursday: #NeverTrump, Maybe Clinton

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A take on the Democratic National Convention from #NeverTrump Republicans.

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WNYC @ DNC: The Daily Download From Our Reporters

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A dramatic roll call ended with Bernie Sanders proclaiming the nomination of Hillary Clinton. Then came a night of stirring speeches.


DNC Tuesday: Inclusion on Repeat

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Unity, diversity, and immigration as a new worldwide dynamic were all themes at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. Booing was also popular.

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WNYC @ DNC: Bernie or Bust

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders capped off the first night of the convention with a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton, but for some of his die-hard supporters, that may not be enough.

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What It Means When People Call Hillary Clinton "Untrustworthy"

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Untrustworthy" is the new "inexperienced."


Day One at the DNC: Bringing the Democratic Party's Base Home

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Democratic National Convention begins today amid a Wikileaks release of thousands of DNC emails showing that staffers favored Clinton over Sanders during the primaries.

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This Week in Politics: And Now to Philadelphia

Saturday, July 23, 2016

This past week, we were saturated with wall-to-wall Trump coverage. It could be a tough act for the Democrats to follow. 


WNYC@RNC: Donald Trump's Big (Long) Speech

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Republican nominee gave an acceptance speech that painted a grim picture of America. We break it down in 3 minutes.


WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day One of the Republican Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein debrief after a long night of speechifying. 

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Christie's Mentor Pleads Guilty and Ex-Cabinet Member Charged With Conspiracy in 'Chairman's Flight' Scheme

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Former Port Authority Chairman David Samson admits he took a bribe in the form of a United Airlines special flight route to his weekend home in South Carolina.

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To Retirees in Harlem, Trump is a Real, and Existential Threat

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In Harlem, a Trump presidency feels real and threatening.


Bernie Sanders Is 'With Her': Vermont Senator Endorses Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders supporters call in to discuss whether they're ready to vote for Clinton.

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FBI Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's email servers have shown that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges against her.

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New Emails Show Cuomo Was Involved In Containing Bridgegate

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

It turns out Governor Andrew Cuomo knew more about Bridgegate than he originally let on. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein shares what she learned from reviewing records.