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Jenn Bernstein anchors the FOX61 News at 4 and 10 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
  • Rescue dog looking for home after two years in Canton shelter

    CANTON —  Sassy, energetic, and playful are some words to describe Cesara who has stolen the hearts of volunteers at the Dog Star Rescue. “Cesara is our gem,” said Dan McCabe, co-founder of Dog Star Rescue. “Our diamond in the rough and she is ready for adoption.” Her favorite things? The toy bin, fetch, and treats for days! There’s one piece of this dog that is admirable, but heartbreaking at the same time: Cesara’s patience. “We are fortunate that most of […]

  • 2018 candidates and potential candidates for Governor

    HARTFORD — Now that Governor Malloy has announced he is not seeking a third term, many people across the state are throwing their hats in the ring for the 2018 Election. Some people have filed paperwork to run for Governor, some have formed exploratory committees for statewide office which could include governor or other positions. What is an exploratory committee? An exploratory committee is established to help determine whether a person has support to run for an elected office. If a potential […]

  • The Real Story: Fixing CT’s finances

    HARTFORD — More reaction to the recent recommendations by a special commission, for straightening out Connecticut’s finances, to foster economic growth. While the plan has been panned by some lawmakers, and by the state employee unions, the lobbying group for cities and towns has come out in favor of it, and we find out why. Guest: Mike Freda, First Selectman of North Haven, and Vice-President of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)

  • The Real Story: The stigma of officer suicides

    HARTFORD — A bill proposed by Connecticut Police Chiefs aims to prevent officer suicides. Under current law, officers who seek mental health treatment for stress or depression lose their gun permits, and as a result, their ability to work. Because of that stigma, they won’t seek help, which can put them at risk for suicide, hence this proposal that an exemption for police officers be added to the law. Guests: Fairfield Chief Gary MacNamara  and Westport Chief Foti Koskinas.

  • The Real Story: Making CT schools safer

    HARTFORD — Making Connecticut schools safer from attack by a gunman. It’s a hot issue once again, in the wake of last month’s tragedy in Florida, where seventeen were killed. Local school officials here are considering a wide range of security upgrades. What ideas are they hearing from parents, teachers and students? (There’s one they appear to be ruling out.) Guests: Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) and Robert Rader, Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education […]

  • The Real Story – Peter Lumaj

    HARTFORD — Republican candidate for governor, Peter Lumaj, discusses his positions opposing gun control, labor unions and abortions, while remaining steadfast in his support for President Trump.

  • The Real Story – Fixing the state’s economy

    HARTFORD — Reaction to the recommendations from a special state commission for fixing Connecticut’s financial mess, and boosting the state economy. Guests Lori Pelletier, President, AFL-CIO and Sen. Joe Markley (R) Southington and Joe Brennan, President, Connecticut Business and Industry Association CBIA.

  • Gov. Malloy: ‘NRA has become a terrorist organization’

    HARTFORD —  A war of words has erupted between two Connecticut lawmakers and the National Rifle Association. “The idea that the NRA should be recognized as a voice for gun safety is ridiculous,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday night. Bronin firing back at the NRA, said the organization does more to oppose progress and prevent collaborative dialogue about gun safety than any other organization in the country. The back and forth between the two started earlier this week when […]

  • The Real Story: Tony Guerrara

    HARTFORD — State Rep. Tony Guerrera announces his decision to run for the State Senate this year. The Rocky Hill Democrat is seeking the party’s nomination for the seat currently held by Middletown Sen. Paul Doyle, who is running for Attorney General.  

  • The Real Story: Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

    HARTFORD — The co-chairs of the specially-appointed 14-member Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth discuss their recommendations for fixing the state’s financial situation. The panel is calling for (among many other ideas) a restructuring of taxes (including a lower personal income tax, a higher state sales tax and elimination of the estate and gift tax. They also say the state would need to cut $1B in annual expenses and end collective bargaining for state employee benefits. Guests: Robert Patricelli, […]