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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

A fairytale ending for (at least some) Alfred Angelo bridesmaids

At least three bridesmaids got their dresses, despite the company's abrupt closure. Its bankruptcy filing suggests more than 2,000 Californians await dresses.

The woman behind LuLaRoe tells KPCC how she did it

How do you create a billion-dollar company in just 4 years? LuLaRoe's DeAnne Stidham says it took nearly 30 years working a small business to lay the foundation.

#DressMatchmaker: When a bridal shop closes, KPCC’s audience steps up

After Alfred Angelo abruptly shuttered last week, bridesmaids were left out to dry. We put out a call and combed the internet for those offering their dresses — and found some options.

Calling all closets! Alfred Angelo abruptly closes and bridesmaids need your help

When Helen Rivera, 35, arrived at the Alfred Angelo store in West Covina Friday to pick up her 12th bridesmaid dress, she was shocked to see that the store was closed.

Why Wonder Woman made an appearance at LA supes meeting

The four female L.A. County supervisors wore Wonder Woman headbands as they pressed the county fire chief on why only 45 of his department's 2,866 employees are women.

5 ways dining out may change as the minimum wage rises

Starting July 1, workers in many parts of L.A. County will get a raise from $10.50 an hour to $12. Here's how restaurant owners will trim the fat to make payroll.

After 3 years of construction, the Wilshire Grand opens

It's known as the tallest building west of the Mississippi, and here are a few other things you may not know about downtown L.A.'s newest kid on the block.

Why Dov Charney hasn't given up on making clothes

After losing American Apparel, its founder says he started a new firm after getting advice telepathically from his dead grandfather, who told him to quit complaining.

Wage theft is happening in logistics warehouses too

Getting shortchanged on pay is a problem that's long plagued day laborers, car washers and seamstresses, but it happens to Inland Empire logistics workers, too.

There are lots of warehouse jobs. Good salaries? Not so much.

Southern California warehouses added more than 30,000 workers between 2005 and 2015. But inflation-adjusted wages fell by an average of 9 percent.

Why 80K people applied to work part-time at LA's ports

Part-time dock work pays about $25 an hour, and it puts you in line for a union promotion that can pay six figures. But that promotion can be 10 years or more away.

Some good news for the people laid off by American Apparel

The 2,400 workers laid off from the company's L.A. factories have qualified for federal money that will pay for up to two years of education and retraining.

When ICE agents show up at work, what should the boss do?

The state Assembly has passed a bill that would force employers to demand a warrant before allowing immigration agents inside. Business groups are opposed.

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.