Andrea Bernstein Correspondent

Andrea Gardner headshot
Contact Andrea Bernstein

Andrea Bernstein is a correspondent at KPCC covering the Southern California workplace, jobs and small business.

Prior to that she was an editor at KPCC and a reporter at the radio business program Marketplace.

Before coming to public radio, Andrea worked at KNBC and several daily newspapers in Southern California. She is also the author of the book “The 30 Second Seduction” based on a story she first reported at Marketplace.

Andrea holds degrees from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and the University of La Verne. She lives in the San Gabriel Valley with her husband, two daughters and her pet beagle, Monty.​


Stories by Andrea Bernstein

California regulators get an earful on the dangers of indoor heat

Thousands work indoors with no air conditioning. The state held a public meeting in Ontario to get feedback on rules it's developing to protect those workers.

Protecting California's overheated indoor workers

State law protects most outdoor workers when temps surpass 95 degrees. A similar standard for indoor heat may not be ready until 2019.

Growing LA's biotech industry

More than 70,000 people in Los Angeles county work in the biosciences, but local leaders say there is tremendous potential for growth.

Contractors, did you bid on the border wall?

The L.A. city councilman will introduce a motion that would require contractors bidding for city contracts to disclose if they've bid to work on the wall.

Yes, the robots are coming for your job

That's especially true if you work in trucking, fast food, sales or data entry. Experts say fully 47 percent of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to eventual automation.

A new wrinkle in LA's pension woes

More city workers are retiring, people are living longer, and now there's word the pension investment funds will yield a lower rate of return in the coming years.

Baggage handlers' union extends talks to avoid LAX strike

More than 3,000 baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners and customer service agents are threatening a walkout over demands for higher pay.

No smartphone, no problem: SoCal laborers find jobs via text

An L.A. startup is using text messaging to connect manual laborers with employers. It says it has matched tens of thousands with short-term jobs in its first year.

Workplace death rate higher among Latinos

An AFL-CIO report shows that Latinos are killed on the job at a higher rate than the rest of the country’s workers. It cites work in higher-risk industries.

Los Angeles City Hall braces for retirement wave

By 2018, more than 40 percent of City Hall's employees will be eligible for retirement. Here's what the city's doing to prepare.

SoCal locals watch cautiously as Trump talks H-1B reforms

The president wants to give American workers a leg up in STEM careers. People who help train and place local Southern California workers in tech jobs say there's plenty of work.

Your co-worker has been threatened. What can the boss do?

The question arises for businesses after this week's shooting in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom.

Ventura County farmers warm up to guest worker visa program

The H-2A visa program has long been denounced by California farmers as expensive and cumbersome. But in the midst of labor shortage, some are giving it a try.

California's middle-class job of the future: Road worker

The passage of the big gas tax bill means 10 steady years of infrastructure work. For those who want to skip college, there are lots of reasons to put on a hard hat.

How many jobs would California's infrastructure plan create?

There's no estimate on how many jobs the bill would create, but a 2011 White House study found every $1 billion in infrastructure spending generates 13,000 jobs.