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:

Ex-Top Aide To Chris Christie Testifies In 'Bridgegate' Trial

Friday, October 21, 2016

A former top staffer to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie testified in Federal court that she told Christie about planned lane closures on the George Washington Bridge weeks before it happened. Christie has long denied any involvement in the closures, which were designed to punish his political opponents.


Bridget Kelly Speaks: Christie's Ex-Aide Says Gov Knew About Bridgegate

Friday, October 21, 2016

A tearful defendant explains how she twice spoke with the governor and his chief of staff about the lane closures to make sure he was okay with it. 

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A Front Group, a Lawsuit and a Private Investigator: How Trump Rigged the System to Delay Gambling in New York

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WNYC obtained thousands of pages of documents and depositions showing how Donald Trump secretly ran an anti-gambling campaign in New York to shut down the competition.

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The Final Debate, According to Today's Polls

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How did the candidates' performances at the final presidential debate make a difference in the polls?

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Bridgegate Defendant Says He was the Last to Find Out About Scheme

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The former Deputy Director of the Port Authority says he thought there was a traffic study so important to Chris Christie that he shouldn't intervene.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 5

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An 'earnest' Bill Baroni says he was intimidated by Governor Christie and duped by David Wildstein. But there are holes in his story.

In Bridgegate Testimony, Christie Emerges as Powerful, Threatening Figure

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Under withering cross examination, prosecutors elicited an image of a hands-on, pugilistic Gov. Christie who threatened Baroni, asking, "You like your job?"

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Bridgegate Continued: What Christie Knew

Monday, October 17, 2016

A New Jersey judge allows an official misconduct complaint against Governor Chris Christie over his role in the Bridgegate scandal to proceed.

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Christie's Former Counsel Didn't Investigate Lane Closures, Didn't Ask Questions, Doesn't Recollect

Friday, October 14, 2016

In a twist, Christie's lawyer acknowledged David Wildstein asked for his legal advice on responding to the legislative subpoena that produced "Time for some traffic problems" email.


As Bridgegate Prosecution Rests, Christie Faces Separate Criminal Complaint

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The complaint stems from the 2013 closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 4

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tears, betrayal and the F-bomb: appearing now in court.

Round Two: Recap of the Second Presidential Debate

Monday, October 10, 2016

A review and analysis of the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

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This Week in Politics: Firestorm Erupts over Trump Video

Saturday, October 08, 2016

On Friday the Washington Post released an 11-year-old video of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women. Fallout from the video's release has been swift and intense.


Bridgegate Witness: Christie Dropped F-Bomb on County Official to Threaten Him

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

If you are not standing behind me on that podium, I will f***ing destroy you, Christie said to a Monmouth County official who criticized the governor's Sandy recovery.

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Bridgegate Trial Updates: Cuomo Accused of Stalling Investigation

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The latest from the Bridgegate trial, including the claim that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deliberately stalled investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 3

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Former port authority official David Wildstein has now claimed that almost every person close to Chris Christie, including Gov. Cuomo, knew what happened during the cover-up period.

Cuomo Implicated In Bridgegate Cover-Up

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

According to a star Bridgegate witness, Governors Christie and Cuomo plotted early on to cover up the true nature of the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

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Here’s the Unofficial List of Bridgegate Co-conspirators

Friday, September 30, 2016

The actual list is secret. But testimony in court this week gives us a pretty good idea of who's on it.


The Bridgegate Conspiracy Widens, and Other Takeaways from the Bridgegate Trial Day 8

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Christie's spokesman allegedly knew about the political nature of the lane closure scheme nine days before Christie told reporters none of his staff knew.

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