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 Christie Tracker Podcast Answers Your Questions

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The professors of Bridgegate respond to calls and letters.

The Christie Tracker Podcast: Bridgegatepalooza!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time for some traffic memories.

Political Party with Keli Goff: Election Night Party

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Join us via live stream for our Election Night party with WNYC, in partnership with Guardian US and Refinery29. Games, commentary and live updates. 


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial Verdicts

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Baroni and Kelly were found guilty. On all counts. But how did the governor fare?

Bridgegate Trial: Verdict Recap

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Bridgegate trial came to a close last Friday with the conviction of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top two aides, but Christie's culpability is still being examined. 


This Week in Politics: An Election Like No Other

Saturday, November 05, 2016

As Election Day approaches, we look back on 2016 with WNYC's election news team.

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Guilty on All Counts: Two Former Christie Aides Convicted in Bridgegate Case

Friday, November 04, 2016

A jury found two former Christie employees guilty for shutting down access lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish a Christie foe. They now face 20 years in prison.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 7

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

As the jury deliberates, Bridget Kelly's attorney paces in the hallway and slumps in his chair.

Closing Arguments Begin In New Jersey Bridgegate Trial

Monday, October 31, 2016

The jury heard closing arguments Monday in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trail in New Jersey.


Trust and Betrayal on Trial as Bridgegate Case Goes to Jury

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Cowards!" a defense attorney yells at the Bridgegate trial. He was referring to Chris Christie and his inner circle. "They want this mother of four to take the fall for them."

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Five Takeaways as Bridgegate Testimony Wraps

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The power of Chris Christie, the Port Authority's goody bag and a cover-up.

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Prosecutors Try To Paint Christie's Former Deputy Chief of Staff As A Ruthless Politico

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The meaning of "time for traffic problems in Fort Lee" is parsed. 

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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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