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, planning and transportation 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 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:

Bernie Sanders and the Gun Control Dance

Monday, October 05, 2015

Far from the liberal orthodoxy, Bernie Sanders has framed the gun control conversation as one between rural and urban America. Hear three clips that trace his stance on the issue.

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Scandal Probes Claim Another Christie Appointee

Friday, October 02, 2015

Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox is resigning amid a federal probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which he previously lobbied on behalf of United Airlines.

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Port Authority: Former Christie Appointee Deleted Key Records

Friday, October 02, 2015

After a WNYC report, the Port Authority goes on the record: key records pertaining to a bribery investigation were removed by Gov. Christie's former top staffer at the bi-state agency.

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Port Authority Hid Records of Christie Appointee's Meetings With United

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Port Authority's deputy director held several meetings with United Airlines that are now at the center of a new federal probe. And the Port Authority tried to keep it a secret. 

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Bridgegate to Boarding Gate

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talks about the resignation of three United Airlines executives during an investigation into former Port Authority chairman David Samson.

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TIMELINE: United Airlines and Its Courtship of Chris Christie

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

For years, United airlines courted Christie and his team with meals, a special flight route, and campaign contributions.  A definitive timeline.

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United Chief Out as U.S. Attorney Probes Port Authority Dealings

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The CEO of United Airlines has resigned as the U.S. Attorney reviews whether a former Port Authority Chief received a free flight route in exchange for benefits for the airline. 

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Yes, New York Has a Winning Basketball Team, But Nobody Knows It

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The New York Liberty are romping. They've got a 70% winning record, streaked to the fastest playoff berth in WNBA history, and tied their all-time record number of wins. But...

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Nightmarish Train Tunnel Delays. Whose Problem Is It?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a helicopter when tunnel traffic is bad. Most commuters don't have that option. Maybe Washington will help.

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GOP Debate Debrief

Friday, August 07, 2015

A debrief of last night's GOP debate, with an eye towards Donald Trump's performance.

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On Race, Not the Same Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Voters are burning to discuss race, and a newly fluent Hillary Clinton is happy to oblige.

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Monday Morning Politics: News from the Campaign Trail

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Washington Post's David Weigel gives a round-up of national political news.

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Clinton Talks Tax Code & Income Inequality

Friday, July 24, 2015

Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton offered more details into her economic policy. 


To Fight City Hall, Uber Plays to Race

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Uber and the de Blasio administration seemed to be nearing a compromise on capping Uber's growth. Then the app-based service released ads suggesting the cap would hurt non-white people.
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Clinton, in New York, Says Inequality "a Drag" on Economy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Choosing Nobel prize-winning progressive economist Joseph Stiglitz as her muse, Clinton called for raising the minimum wage, paid sick leave, and more early-childhood education.

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Cuomo Spent $690,538 in Legal Fees for the Birds (and an Oyster Bed)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New York State took the federal government to court to use clean water funds for a new Tappan Zee bridge. It lost. 

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News Analysis: Port Authority Reform Bill to Bring Transparency and Accountability Is Introduced with Neither

Thursday, June 18, 2015

To reform a scandal-tainted authority, a scandal-tainted government in Albany rushes a bill.


Hillary Clinton Rallies on Roosevelt Island

Monday, June 15, 2015

A recap of the big speech and rally Hillary Clinton held on Roosevelt Island this past Saturday.

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Is Hillary Clinton A Real New Yorker?

Friday, June 12, 2015

When Hillary Clinton moved to New York to run for Senate, New Yorkers were suspicious that she was one of them. Now that she's running for president, the city's residents call her one of their own.


Is Hillary Clinton a New Yorker?

Friday, June 12, 2015

She had "chutzpah" when she ran for U.S. Senate here 15 years ago. But as New York's importance to her fades, New Yorkers want her more. Andrea Bernstein offers this analysis.

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