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.

Read Brigid's latest reporting on Gothamist.


Brigid Bergin appears in the following:

Park Slope Voters Skeptical of de Blasio's Possible Presidential Bid

Monday, April 08, 2019

As the mayor courted prospective voters in Nevada, WNYC asked voters in his old stomping grounds about a possible presidential run.

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It's Civics Week for New York City Students

Sunday, April 07, 2019

As part of the mayor's DemocracyNYC initiative, public schools in the city will hold events and voter registration drives.


Queens Council Member Faces Discipline Over Sexual Harassment Complaint

Thursday, April 04, 2019

A City Council member faces disciplinary action for alleged sexual harassment, a charge he denies while calling for a more "common sense" approach to complaints. 

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This Week in Politics: Just Outside the Spotlight

Saturday, March 30, 2019

As local U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand fight for attention in a crowded Democratic field, we break down their early presidential primary strategies.


The State of Gillibrand 2020

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

How is New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's 2020 campaign going so far?

Gillibrand Calls President Trump a Coward in First Official Campaign Speech

Sunday, March 24, 2019

“He puts his name in bold on every building. He does all of this because he wants us to believe he is strong. He is not,” said Gillibrand.

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City Council Speaker Offers Skepticism About Mayor's Possible Presidential Bid

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

“Good luck,” Corey Johnson said, when asked about de Blasio’s upcoming trip to New Hampshire.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Balances National Profile While Tackling District Issues

Monday, March 04, 2019

"You know just a few months ago I was a normal constituent, a normal person in the Bronx, frustrated that I couldn't get my packages."

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Public Advocate Election

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brigid Bergin on today's election for New York City public advocate.


Last Minute Public Advocate Roundup

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Today is the day to vote in the special election for New York City's next public advocate, here's what you need to know.

This Week in Politics: Our Last-Minute NYC Special Election Preview

Saturday, February 23, 2019

With a slew of candidates on the ballot - and experts predicting low turnout - the race for Public Advocate could be decided by a handful of votes.

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Are Queens Residents Happy With AOC?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be a national celebrity, but she's also in Washington to represent New Yorkers. How do her constituents feel now that she helped scuttle the Amazon deal?

Ocasio-Cortez Gets Hero’s Welcome at Local Swearing In

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The freshman congresswoman took shots at Amazon — and promised to hold regular town halls in her Bronx-Queens district.

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At First Public Advocate Debate, One Amazon Supporter and Nine Competing Naysayers

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Officially, the public advocate does not have an role in the Amazon negotiations. But whoever holds the seat next is sure to try to sway the debate.

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Gillibrand's 2020 Pitch Targets Women — Especially Mothers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Even before she made her campaign official, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was cultivating support among women.

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Seeking the National Spotlight, De Blasio’s State of City Will Emphasize Worker Protections

Thursday, January 10, 2019

In his sixth State of the City address, the mayor will announce new plans to protect workers — including paid caregivers and domestic workers.

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Biggie Smalls, Wu-Tang Clan and Woody Guthrie to Have NYC Streets Renamed in Their Honor

Monday, December 31, 2018

Once approved by the mayor, Brooklyn and Staten Island will see new street signs honoring the three musicians.


Young Inmates Sue City Over Transfers Alleging Abuse

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New York City is sending a small number of inmates from Rikers Island to a jail upstate where they allegedly are brutalized and held in solitary confinement.

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Episode 11: Kirsten Gillibrand's Path to Power

Thursday, November 15, 2018

As we head towards 2020, what can Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's rise within the Democratic Party tell us about the relationship between gender and power in American politics?

Absentee Ballots Left Stranded at Brooklyn Post Office After Election

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A U.S. Postal Service blunder is to blame for disenfranchising hundreds of Brooklyn voters.

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