Brigid Bergin


Brigid Bergin is the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC. 

Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, the BBC, ABC Radio, The Takeaway, NY1 and KPCC.  Previously she worked as the station’s general assignment reporter, filing for both WNYC and NPR and has covered a range of stories including Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 elections, and the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, CT. She’s also traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to report on the trial of the five men accused of plotting the September 11th terror attacks.

Brigid has a passion for breaking news and served as WNYC’s first Breaking News Producer. In that role, she directed on-air coverage for major breaking news events like the death of Osama Bin Laden and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. She also managed WNYC’s dynamic morning team. Before becoming a journalist, Brigid spent more than eight years at JPMorganChase as a communications manager. She's also a proud graduate of the New York State public education system earning her B.A. at University at Albany and her M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


Brigid Bergin appears in the following:

Cynthia Nixon Headlines Fundraiser for Millennial Women in Politics

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The actor and activist gave a spirited call to action to a packed bar of young women — and a few men — in Brooklyn Thursday night. She also did not rule out her own run for office. 


Officials Say NYC Does Not Track Sexual Harassment Claims Across Entire Workforce

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

As the nation grapples with the #MeToo moment, city officials say they are still figuring out their policy on reporting the data on these issues.

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Corey Johnson Elected Council Speaker — With One Holdout

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

City Council member Inez Barron nominated herself, arguing that "race still matters."

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De Blasio Renews Progressive Pledge at Second Inauguration

Monday, January 01, 2018

At a smaller-scale ceremony, the mayor doubled-down on his progressive bona fides. It was evident in who joined him at the event — and who did not.

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Council Member Corey Johnson Stacks Up Support for Speakership

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The 35-year-old representative from Manhattan is poised to become the first openly gay man and HIV-positive leader of the legislative body.


A Farewell for the 'Other' Departing Council Members

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Nine City Council members besides Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are leaving the body at the end of the year.


Mark-Viverito's Final Days Marked By Flurry Of Voting

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

In the speakers final days, the City Council is voted on 38 pieces of legislation from The Right to Know Act to a requirement for a gender-neutral pronoun on some city forms.

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At Final Council Meeting, a Reflective and Defiant Mark-Viverito

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

At her final meeting as City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito looks back at her career in public office.


De Blasio Heads to Iowa, But Insists His Priority Is NYC

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mayor de Blasio heads to the Hawkeye State next week. It's his third trip to the state in the last two years.


Judge Finalizes Voter Purge Settlement

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A settlement stemming from the New York City Board of Elections' illegal voter purge is now official.

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A Tale of Two Roadways: The Senator vs. The Cyclist

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Brooklyn elected official is defending himself after an interaction with a cyclist Monday night. There are two versions of the events that started on Third Avenue in Brooklyn.

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De Blasio Backs Revised Right to Know Act

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The mayor reversed course on Tuesday saying he now supports two bills that promote greater police accountability. But police reform advocates say one of them includes loopholes.


Journalists of Color, Women React to News About John Hockenberry

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Some say it reflects a pervasive culture at WNYC and other news outlets where sexism and racism are allowed to fester. 

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Gillibrand, Espaillat Urge GOP to Back Dreamers Or Risk Government Shutdown

Sunday, December 03, 2017

New York members of the House and Senate say they won't vote for a year-end budget deal unless it includes protections for young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. 

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De Blasio Promotes More Women in Cabinet

Thursday, November 30, 2017

As sexual harassment takes the headlines, a mayor sends a message that a woman's place is in the cabinet.


City Election Officials Consider Online Voter Registration

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The council and mayor's office want the city to be the first municipality in the state to offer voter registration online, but the city's Board of Elections needs to be "on board."


Low Voter Turnout Means Trouble for de Blasio and Queens Council Incumbent

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

While Mayor de Blasio defended his victory as a mandate, Councilwoman Liz Crowley may not even end up with a victory, much less a mandate.

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Election Day Podcast Special: The Queens Machine

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

WNYC's Brian Lehrer and reporter Brigid Bergin take you behind the scenes to show you how politics really works in New York.

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Like it or Not, 300,000 Voters Get New Poll Sites

Monday, November 06, 2017

One out of every five poll sites in New York City has been changed. But the Board of Elections isn't putting up any signs to help voters find their way.

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Comptroller Finds City Board of Elections Needs Management Overhaul

Friday, November 03, 2017

In an audit released Friday, Stringer uncovered a host of problems in visits to 156 poll sites on three different voting days last year.

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