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ANDREA BERNSTEIN, SENIOR EDITOR, POLITICS & POLICY, WNYC NEWS
Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter. Bernstein joined the WNYC news staff in 1998. She’s covered government, politics, transportation, environment, housing, policing and other areas since the early 1990's, and has at various points been assigned to cover Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio, and Andrew Cuomo.
Bernstein was Political Director for WNYC and its national show, The Takeaway, during the 2008 elections, and covered that campaign from coast to coast. She was in charge of political coverage for WNYC for the 2012 elections & 2013 elections, and founded the award-winning Transportation Nation website. Bernstein has worked with public radio stations across the country on several joint projects, including coverage of the 2008 and 2012 elections. Bernstein was executive producer, reporter and editor for the 2011 nationally-broadcast award-winning documentary "Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race, and Inequality."
Bernstein was one of 12 US Journalists to win a prestigious year-long 2007 Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She has won over 40 awards for her work, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for radio, the National Press Club award for environmental reporting, and national Murrow (RTNDA) and Society for Professional Journalists awards for investigative reporting.
She graduated from Yale University, cum laude, with honors. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two children.
ED PILKINGTON, CHIEF REPORTER, GUARDIAN US
Ed Pilkington is chief reporter of the Guardian in the US. Before coming to New York in 2006, he ran the Guardian's newsroom as National Editor, and was International Editor in charge of world news through 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. In the US he has reported on a wide range of issues, from the death penalty to the trial of whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and worked on investigations on Donald Trump and Jared Kushner's Russia connections.
He is author of a book on race relations in post-war Britain called Beyond the Mother Country.
JANET REITMAN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, ROLLING STONE
Janet Reitman is an investigative journalist and contributing editor at Rolling Stone, covering politics and national security. She has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for her reporting, most recently “Jahar’s World,” her 2013 Rolling Stone cover story on the younger of the two Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Over her career, she has reported on conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, and other forms of upheaval across the African continent, as well as in the Middle East, Russia and the United States. A fan of investigative feature writing (and a foe of the term “longform”), Reitman’s stories have plumbed the murky worlds of ISIS sympathizers, Anonymous “hacktivists,” Christian fundamentalists, and the secretive Church of Scientology, among many other topics.
She is the author of Inside Scientology (2011), a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book.
MODERATOR: ANDREW HEYWARD, VISITING SCHOLAR, LABORATORY FOR SOCIAL MACHINES, MIT MEDIA LAB
Andrew Heyward is a nationally known news executive, award-winning producer, and expert on the changing media landscape. He helps media companies develop innovative online ventures and profitable digital strategies; create new content and services; and transform their businesses to drive growth and revenue in an age of rapid evolution.
Heyward was President, CBS News, from January 1996-November 2005. Before that, Heyward was executive producer of The CBS Evening News. Heyward was also responsible for developing and launching 48 Hours, the primetime CBS News hour that premiered in January 1988. He began his career working in local news at WNEW-TV and WCBS-TV in New York. Heyward has won 12 national Emmy Awards.