Andrea Bernstein, Whose New Book Examines
Trumps, Kushners and Money, to Speak Oct. 21

Andrea Bernstein

YOU MAY ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH the voice of Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy at WNYC News, a long-time contributor to NPR, and co-host of Trump Inc., a prize-winning podcast co-produced with ProPublica, that focuses on the complex relationship between the president and his family (including his in-laws, the Kushners) and money.

Soon, however, you will have the opportunity not only to hear her, but to see her and ask her questions.

Bernstein will be our guest speaker at the next meeting of the Silurians Press Club. It will be on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon, and, as has been the case with all Silurian events since the pandemic struck, it will be a virtual affair, conducted via Zoom. A Q&A session is expected to be included. Instructions telling you how to register will be forthcoming from Michael Serrill, our president, so keep an eye on your email in-box.

Bernstein’s first book, “American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps and the Marriage of Money and Power,” was published earlier this year. In it, she examines a wide range of subjects, from why the Trumps falsely insisted they were of Swedish descent (they were not, they came from Germany), to why there has been little accountability for Trump’s actions and what the consequences of that are likely to be.

The more than 50 honors awarded to Bernstein as a journalist are accompanied by those she earned as a cum laude graduate of Yale University. Her Trump Inc. podcast won a Peabody Award, honoring excellence in radio broadcasting, as well as the prestigious 2019 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award. With her co-host, Ilya Marritz, she worked on such stories as how Donald Trump, Jr. and his sister Ivanka Trump have managed to avoid criminal indictment; Paul Manafort’s money-laundering; Michael Cohen’s illegal business practices; and Rudy Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine.

In 2007, she became one of only a dozen U.S. journalists to win a coveted John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She has also won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for radio, a National Press Club award for environmental reporting, and national Edward R. Murrow and Society for Professional Journalists awards for investigative reporting.

Bernstein, who was born in 1961, joined the WNYC news staff in 1998. Among her various posts, she was a senior reporter, political director and metro editor. Prior to that, she was a political correspondent for the New York Observer. Her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ProPublica, The Guardian, New York Magazine, The Nation, and the New York Daily News. She has been a guest on such broadcast outlets as CNN, PBS NewsHour and Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross.

Including the 2016 election, Bernstein has covered six national campaigns, and her beats have included government, politics, transportation, environment, housing, and policing. Among the political figures she’s been assigned to cover over the years are Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo.  Her investigative reporting on the Bridgegate scandal with colleague Matt Katz won WNYC News its first Peabody Award.

Bernstein has also taught journalism students at City College and Hunter College, and conducted training sessions for journalists in several venues, including Bhutan, where she mentored local reporters and editors in the intricacies of covering their first-ever political campaign when that country was transitioning to democracy.

We hope you will be a participant when Bernstein is our guest speaker, so please look for word from President Serrill on how to register.

The date:   Wednesday, Oct. 21.
The time:   Noon.

The place: Whatever device you use to access Zoom.


Michael S. Serrill Named President,
Joseph Berger Editor of Silurian News

Michael Serrill

MICHAEL S. SERRILL, A VETERAN journalist and former foreign editor, has been named the 72nd president of the Silurians Press Club, heading a new lineup of officers for the 2020-21 season. Serrill succeeds David A. Andelman, who returns to the Board of Governors following a sterling two-year term as president.

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A Dazzling Display of Journalistic Talent,
But If You Missed It, It’s All on YouTube

If you missed seeing the Silurians’ Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala, held on the evening of June 24, do not despair. And if you were there and can’t wait to see it again, there’s good news for you, too.

It’s available at this very moment on YouTube.

Simply click on: and settle back for a splendid 90-minute presentation of the Silurians’ 75th anniversary gala in which the best of New York City’s journalism was put on dazzling display.

It was virtual, but it was vibrant, and you will see every aspect of the gala evening, including:
• Tom Brokaw’s stirring keynote address on the role of a free press in today’s challenging climate.
• Comments from many of the evening’s winners, who revealed behind-the-scenes details of how their stories were put together.
• Excerpts of some of the prize-winning entries from print and broadcast media.
• The “passing of the gavel” from president David A. Andelman, who concluded a splendid two years in that role, to Michael Serrill, our incoming president.

The evening’s activities were presided over by Andelman and they put an emphatic exclamation point to his two years in office. Jack Deacy was again our Awards chairman, ably assisted by Silurians Aileen Jacobson, Allan Dodds Frank and Scotti Williston as well as our indefatigable intern, Ben Long.

For a complete list of individuals and news organizations that were honored with Medallions or Certificates of Merit, see story below.

2020 Silurians Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

New York Times, Newsday Take Top Honors
At 75th Anniversary Awards Competition

A THREE-YEAR INVESTIGATION by Newsday that documented widespread housing discrimination on Long Island and an extraordinary photo essay by New York Times photographers that captured the excitement of a summer full of New York City block parties won The President’s Choice Awards — top honors in the 75th Anniversary Excellence In Journalism Awards conducted by the Silurians Press Club. The awards honored outstanding work in print, broadcast and digital media during 2019.

Newsday reporters and trained investigators spent three years uncovering evidence of widespread discriminatory treatment of home-hunting minorities by agents associated with the largest and best known residential brokerage companies on Long Island. Newsday’s 45,000 word, 16-part report found that agents accommodated white potential buyers but denied equal service to minorities, directing white and minority buyers to different neighborhoods and warning white buyers to avoid the schools in predominantly minority communities. The study found that black home buyers received disparate treatment by agents 49 percent of the time. For Hispanics, the rate was 39 percent and for Asians, 19 percent. The series, called “Long Island Divided,” included more than 35 video elements that ranged from undercover segments contrasting how agents treated white and minority home buyers to a 40-minute documentary, “Testing the Divide.” It told the story behind the story and placed the findings in the context of Long Island’s troubled racial history. The Newsday report generated action within days of publication from the highest levels of federal, state and county governments that led to significant reforms.

The New York Times also garnered a President’s Choice Award for its special photo and text essay, “The New York City Block Party.” During the summer of 2019, The Times dispatched 20 of its photographers to attend and record 65 block parties throughout the five boroughs. The result: an extraordinary series of photographs that captured the joy of New Yorkers celebrating their block and their neighbors with a day of food, music, dancing and camaraderie.

Presentation of the awards, originally planned for May 13 at New York’s National Arts Club, were postponed because of the coronavirus spread and are now scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. Instead of a traditional dinner, the event will be “virtual,” conducted over Zoom. Tom Brokaw of NBC News will deliver the keynote address.

“This year’s Excellence in Journalism Awards come at a most challenging moment for our profession,” said David A. Andelman, president of The Silurians Press Club. ”In our first Zoom awards gala, it is our privilege to recognize an extraordinary collection of the best and brightest, paying tribute to all those who each day give so much of their talent and energy to keep us informed and in touch with our world.”

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