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Jenn Bernstein anchors the FOX61 News at 4 p.m. She also reports on Connecticut politics and co-anchors “The Real Story” with Al Terzi, which airs at 10 a.m. on Sundays. In 2015, Jenn won an Emmy award for her story “Anatomy of An Attack Ad,” which analyzed campaign messages during Connecticut’s contentious gubernatorial contest.

Jenn re-joined the FOX61 team in August of 2014. The Simsbury native worked as a general assignment reporter for the station from 2010-2012. During that time, Jenn received an Emmy nomination for a series of stories she did on bullying in schools. She also found herself covering severe weather events in her two years. She reported live during the Blizzard of 2010. In 2011, Jenn reported from the beach in Fairfield when Tropical Storm Irene hit Connecticut. Two months later, She was live on the Berlin Turnpike as the October Nor’Easter slammed the state, knocking out power to almost 900,000 homes in Connecticut. Jenn also focused on politics, which included covering the 2010 campaign for Governor where Democrat Dan Malloy faced off against Republican Tom Foley. During this time, she was also an Adjunct Graduate Journalism Professor at Quinnipiac University.

Jenn continued her reporting career at KYW-the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia from 2012-2014. While there, she reported on the aftermath of the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal. She also hunkered down in Atlantic City to cover preparations for Hurricane Sandy. The day the storm made landfall, she provided live reports from the beach, for KYW and WCBS in New York City, as waves pounded Steel Pier and catastrophic flooding put much of the city under water. Over the next few weeks, she covered Sandy’s devastation. Escorted by The National Guard, Jenn reported from Long Beach Island on the clean-up efforts. She did several live reports for CBS This Morning. Her work also aired on CBS affiliates around the country.

Before her time in Connecticut and Philadelphia, Jenn worked in the Buffalo and Albany television markets. She attended Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Jenn grew up in Simsbury and is a graduate of Simsbury High School.

Recent Articles
  • The Real Story: Threat of war with North Korea

    A panel of experts weighs in on the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Is war inevitable? How can it be avoided? Guests: National Security analyst Lew Nescott. International Relations Expert Yvonne Davis Foreign Policy Specialist Scott Bates

  • The Real Story: Crumbling foundations

    An update on the “crumbling foundations” crisis, affecting tens of thousands of homes in Eastern Connecticut. Homeowners have requested a federal investigation into possible wrongdoing by the state, and by insurance companies, which have refused to pay to replace the foundations, saying the policies cover collapses only. The families suspect that insurers secretly changed policy language AFTER being “tipped off” about the problem, more than 15 years ago. A U.S. Senate panel recently heard testimony on that.

  • The Real Story: Trump threatens to drop insurance subsidies

    While Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has performed much better than many others across the country, there is potential trouble on the horizon.  The two remaining insurers, Anthem and Connecticare, are both warning that they may decide to pull out of the exchange, if the Trump Administration decides to drop the subsidies that have made health insurance more affordable for low-income individuals.  The companies have already submitted double-digit rate increase requests to the state Insurance Department. Guest:  Jim Wadleigh, CEO, AccessHealthCT  

  • The Real Story: State budget saga continues

    The Connecticut Senate this week gave final legislative approval to a package of concessions expected to cover $1.5B of the estimated $5B budget deficit through June 2019.  Still to be completed, however, is work on the rest of the budget, with the focus on financial aid to cities and towns (the biggest chunk of spending).  How much longer is the process going to take, and what is the “hangup”? Guest:  Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D) Berlin, House Speaker

  • The Real Story: Allowing people as young as 50 to buy into Medicare

    After another failure by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a bipartisan group of Senators is now working instead on fixing problems with the law, problemS that have led to skyrocketing increases in premiums, sharply higher deductibles and co-pays and reduced benefits.  Meanwhile, Democrats in the House, including Connecticut’s Joe Courtney and John Larson, have come up with a new idea:  Allowing people as young as 50 to buy into Medicare.  Larson explains how that would work, and why he thinks […]

  • The Real Story: Norwalk mother granted stay

    Nury Chavarria, the Norwalk mother who took refuge in a New Haven church to avoid deportation to her native Guatemala is back with her family after an immigration judge this week granted a stay of the order, while her case is reviewed. Her lawyer says Nury has successfully worked and raised a family here for more than two decades, and he hopes her case will help alter the “illegal immigration” conversation. Guest:  Glenn Formica, Attorney for Nury Chavarria

  • The Real Story: Health care bill repeal fails

    Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed again this week, when the Senate rejected a proposal to simply repeal key provisions of the law, including the mandate for individuals to buy insurance (or pay a tax penalty), and the mandate for companies with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance to their workers.  A Connecticut expert explains why Congress is going about this all wrong. Guest:  Prof. Angela Mattie, Chair, Health Care Management, Quinnipiac University

  • The Real Story: Transgender personnel in military service

    President Trump tweeted this week that he is going to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, in any capacity.  He says the policy, approved by former President Obama last year, adds to medical costs and affects our military readiness.  Is that true, and would such a ban be legal? Guest:  David McGuire, Executive Director, ACLU Connecticut  

  • The Real Story:  O.J. Simpson get parole

    O.J. Simpson, famously acquitted in the 1994 murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has won parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence, for the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel. Prominent Connecticut defense attorney Norm Pattis analyzes that case, and the challenges that Simpson will face, following his scheduled release in October.

  • The Real Story: No budget yet

    Still no vote on a new two-year state budget, more than three weeks into a new fiscal year. State employees agreed to $1.5M in concessions, to help erase a $5B deficit.  When will the legislature do its part? Guests: Sen. Martin Looney (D) New Haven, Senate President Pro Tem Sen. Kevin Witkos (R) Canton, Deputy Senate Republican President Pro Tem