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:

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.


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

At a solemn memorial for 9/11, Wildstein, Baroni and Christie share a gleeful moment. Wildstein says they discussed the traffic jam in Fort Lee.

And The Winner of Last Night's Debate Is....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recap and analysis of last night's presidential debate and the spectrum of reactions.

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No E-Z Pass For Christie in Bridgegate Trial

Monday, September 26, 2016

The latest updates on the Bridgegate trial.

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Christie Talked Endorsements with Wildstein and Other Takeaways From the Bridgegate Trial Day 5

Friday, September 23, 2016

David Wildstein, the convicted felon who pleaded guilty for his role in the Bridgegate scandal, took the stand on Friday— and even after just two hours, his testimony was mind-blowing.


'Stay Calm,' and Other Advice for Hillary Clinton from Long Island Supporters

Friday, September 23, 2016

They are not all Democrats and not all fans of Hillary, but still they have their fingers crossed for her first debate with Donald Trump.

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Christie 'Protected' Bridgegate Mastermind Wildstein, and Other Takeaways From Day 4

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Everyone hated Wildstein.  But they couldn't do anything about it.  


Fear, Lies and Intrigue: Takeaways from Day 3 of Bridgegate Testimony

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In government, a lie is just part of the business model.

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Christie Tracker Podcast - The Bridgegate Trial: Week 1

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni are the defendants. But Chris Christie's political life is also very much on trial.

Bridgegate Goes On Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The defense and prosecution are in agreement: Chris Christie knew his aides had shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.


Christie Takes a Beating in Bridgegate Trial Opening: 10 Takeaways

Monday, September 19, 2016

"David Wildstein looked like a ventriloquist’s puppet sitting on Christopher J. Christie’s lap.”

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The Christie Tracker: The Bridgegate Trial

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's time for some traffic problems for Chris Christie and we'll be watching the pile up. 

Bridgegate Trial Primer: What Did Chris Christie Know — and When Did He Know It?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Bridgegate trial starts next week. Two former Chris Christie appointees face prison. But the looming question is this: What did Christie himself know?

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This Week in Politics: Clinton, Trump and 9/11

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Breaking down the candidates' response to the attacks - in the days and years that followed.

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How September 11th Revealed the Real Hillary Clinton

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hillary Clinton's response to 9/11 displayed her intense compassion for underdogs and her tendency toward hawkishness.

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Bridgegate Defense Lawyer: 'Highest Ranking Officials' in New Jersey Ordered Retaliation Scheme

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A lawyer for Chris Christie's former top aide gives a peak into his defense.


Safety Once Again Eludes J'Ouvert

Monday, September 05, 2016

Questions are being raised about the future of J’Ouvert after two people were killed during the event on Monday.


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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