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.
"Please Pick Up Kids -- Gov With Prostitute"
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Times story that it linked to seemed like a joke. But I went up to the newsroom to check, and was quickly ushered into the studio with Brian Lehrer. We went live, because the governor was supposed to speak in a few minutes. Forty five minutes later, with absolutely nothing coming from the governor's press office, we were still talking.
Somewhere in there, I managed to tap out a message to my partner, because it was my turn to get the kids that day. "Please pick up kids -- Gov with prostitute." There launched one of the strangest 72-hour periods of my career, where it turned out, the "smartest guy in the room" governor wasn't too smart, it seemed, to get ensnared in the law he wrote, on money transfers....Who knew?