Andrea Bernstein

Correspondent

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

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.

Immigration officials brace for wave of H1B visa applications

Today is the first day foreign workers can apply for a 2018 H1B visa. Last year, more than 230,000 applied for the 65,000 slots.

What President Trump’s emissions order means for SoCal

President Trump signed an executive order asking the EPA to rewrite the rules on a series of environmental regulations. How will that affect California?

CA's unemployment rate hits 5 percent, the lowest in 10 years

Since the state's economic recovery began in 2010, California employers have added more than 2.5 million jobs, many in technology, trade, logistics and hospitality.