Brigid Bergin

Reporter

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.

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Brigid Bergin appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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Queens Machine, Part 4: Meet the Boss

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Rep. Joseph Crowley is the fourth most powerful Democrat in Congress — and head of the Queens County Democratic Committee. More on his power and his prospects.

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WATCH NOW: The Final NYC Mayoral Debate

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Three mayoral candidates meet for the final debate Wednesday night with the general election less than a week away.

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Queens Machine, Part 3: Inside the Belly of the Machine

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

From the original machine —Tammany Hall — to the modern Queens Democratic County Committee.

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Queens Machine, Part 2: Fight 'Em or Join 'Em

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Meet a couple of veteran activists from St. Albans in Queens who make a point of challenging the machine.

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Queens Machine, Part 1: You've Got to Pay Your Dues

Monday, October 30, 2017

Two women climbing the political ladder learn the obstacles and opportunities of running for office in Queens.

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City Board of Elections Admits It Broke the Law, Accepts Reforms

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The board announced a tentative settlement in a lawsuit over a massive voter purge ahead of the presidential primary last spring — first reported by WNYC.

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De Blasio's Plan to Get Traffic Moving

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mayor de Blasio proposed five ways to reduce congestion — amidst the roar of midtown Manhattan traffic on Sunday.

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5 Takeaways From The Rowdy Mayoral Debate Everyone's Still Talking About

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred Tuesday night with his top opponents State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Independent candidate Bo Dietl. There was lots of drama. 

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