AUTHOR OF ‘AMERICAN OLIGARCHS’
Andrea Bernstein, Whose New Book Examines
Trumps, Kushners and Money, to Speak Oct. 21
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.