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:

Inside The Transcript of the Trump Dossier Firm's Interview

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Washington Post reporter Devlin Barrett talks about the much-discussed transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview with the head of Fusion GPS.

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The Mueller Investigation: Looking Back and Forward

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A look back at the Mueller investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and what's ahead.


Timeline: How Paul Manafort Got Caught Up In The Russia Investigation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How did the ex-Trump campaign manager get indicted in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation? It's a study in how political power can translate into money, and how that money moves around the world.


Trump SoHo Hotel Ditches the Name 'Trump'

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Trump SoHo has been hemorrhaging business since Trump announced his presidential campaign.

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Brooklyn Rezoning Could Benefit Kushner

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Rezoning along the Gowanus Canal could enrich the company Jared Kushner ran before becoming a White House advisor. Councilmember Brad Lander has a problem with that. 

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Manafort Indictment: Four Things We Learned and One More Question

Monday, October 30, 2017

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort for money-laundering puts two New York City properties front and center. A third is mentioned only obliquely.


Episode 13: How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WNYC, ProPublica and The New Yorker investigate how the Trump family avoided criminal charges in a probe related to the Trump Soho.

Investigation: Two of President Trump’s Children Once Narrowly Avoided a Felony Charge

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

A joint investigation by WNYC, ProPublica and The New Yorker delves into questionable business practices at the Trump Soho Hotel in lower Manhattan.

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Investigating Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

In 2012, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. avoided criminal indictment for fraud. Here’s how they did it.

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How Ivanka Trump And Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from President Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. 

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Follow the (Russian) Money

Friday, July 28, 2017

How details about the investigations into Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election suggest financial motives as well as political ones.


TRussia Daily: Follow the Money

Friday, June 16, 2017

What we know about Jared Kushner's financial ties to Russia and why President Trump and Vice President Pence have chosen to lawyer up.

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This Week In Politics: How "Bridgegate Culture" Went National

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Christie's Bridgegate lawyer is Trump's pick to head the FBI - one more sign that "Bridgegate culture" has invaded the nation's capital.

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Kushner Family's Jersey City Project Set to Lose $6.5 Million Annual Tax Credit

Friday, June 09, 2017

Already under financial pressure, a Kushner Companies project loses its anchor tenant and an accompanying lucrative tax credit. 

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How'd Infrastructure Week Go?

Friday, June 09, 2017

While James Comey led the headlines this week, President Trump spent his time promoting a plan to rebuild the nation's roads and highways with the help of private investment.


When Christie Stashed His Bridgegate Cell Phone With the FBI Nominee

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

President Trump's pick to lead the FBI once had Gov. Chris Christie's cell phone, but the feds didn't.  

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The President, His Business Partner, and the Fundraiser

Friday, May 26, 2017

What you find when you dig into the world of Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s businesses, pension funds, and big-time political fundraisers.  

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Trump and Kushner’s Little-Known Business Partner

Thursday, May 25, 2017

CIM Group does not have much name recognition, but its ties to the businesses of the President and his son-in-law raise conflict of interest questions.

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Trump SoHo Plans Layoffs

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Business appears to be suffering at the Trump SoHo, with corporate bookings down and turn-down service on the chopping block. Is the president the problem?

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U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson Abruptly Resigns

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Census Bureau Director John Thompson resigned his position this week. The bureau is in the midst of ramping up its operation ahead of the 2020 Census. At the same time, Congress is pushing to keep a lid on costs.