senior reporter, WNYC New York Public Radio
Bernstein was born in New Haven, Connecticut and earned her bachelor’s degree in literature at Yale University. She began her journalism career in 1994 as a freelance print reporter in New York. In 1998, she joined the staff of WNYC, a popular National Public Radio affiliate station in New York City. She is currently a political and investigative reporter, covering politics, economic development, and city and state government. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday, New York Magazine, Salon.com, and the New York Observer, where Bernstein was a political correspondent from 1995-2003. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the 2003 Investigative Reporters and Editors prize for radio, the 2003 Heywood Broun Award, the 2003 Society for Professional Journalists award, for her series, with Amy Eddings, on New York’s “Handshake Hotels” for the Homeless. She also won the 2001 National Press Club Robert Kozik Prize for Environmental reporting for “The Toxic Valley: PCBs along the Upper Hudson” and the 2000 National Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for “NYPD Strip Searches: Though Illegal: the Practice Continues.”
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