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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
  • The Real Story – Candidates endorsed for Governor, 5th Congressional District

    We’re looking at a wild runup to the November elections! This week’s program features separate discussions with three candidates for office, recently endorsed by their respective party’s convention, but who now face primary challenges in August from other contenders: Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Republican for Governor – as many as six  challengers Former (two-time) Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, Democrat for Congress, District 5 – two challengers Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, Republican for Congress, District 5 – two challengers

  • 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 – Skakel conviction vacated

    Fox 61’s Jenn Bernstein talks with Dorthy Moxley, the mother of murder victim Martha Moxley, about the recent state supreme court decision to overturn the conviction of Michael Skakel.  The justices decided (4-3) that Skakel’s lawyer messed up his defense by failing to call a witness who would have supported Skakel’s alibi that he was miles away from the murder scene at the time of the slaying, in 1975.

  • FOX61 Exclusive: Martha Moxley’s mother doesn’t ‘think there’s any need for another’ Skakel trial

    NEW JERSEY —  When Michael Skakel went to prison for the murder of his 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley, her mother, Dorthy, thought the painful trial was over. 16 years later, and more than 40 years after the crime, she’s found herself once again reacting to a court’s decision. “I know he is free, and that’s fine.” FOX61’s Jenn Bernstein and photojournalist Jesse Burkett-Hall drove down to her home in New Jersey, for her reaction. “I really don’t think there’s any […]

  • The Real Story – Republican candidate for Governor, Steve Obsitnik

    Republican candidate for Governor, Steve Obsitnik, who sees himself among the top three, going into next weekend’s party convention at Foxwoods Resort Casino, discusses his plan for fixing what ails Connecticut and pledges to create 300,000 jobs.  The Westport entrepreneur and technology CEO also stated he has no plans to seek higher office beyond the Governor of the state of Connecticut.

  • The Real Story – State auditors on DECD

    State auditors John Geragosian (D) and Rob Kane (R) answer questions about mistakes by the Department of Economic and Community Development, in calculating the impact of using tax breaks, loans and grants, as incentives to keep companies from leaving Connecticut and to attract new companies from out-of-state.  The auditors say DECD overestimated the number of jobs saved, and underestimated the cost of the programs.

  • The Real Story – Team 26

    Gun control” issues are prompting another “Ride from Newtown to Washington” (May 5 – 8). A team of 26 cyclists has been making the trip annually, since March 2013, in response to the shooting massacre that had claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School three months earlier. This year, the group is pushing Congress for a federal ban on AR-15 rifles, like the one used at Newtown and at other school shootings, including the most recent one in Florida. […]

  • The Real Story – Crumbling foundations

    Connecticut families whose homes have crumbling foundations express doubt that Congress will pass two new pieces of legislation, each of which calls for $100M in financial assistance to replace those foundations. One bill, sponsored by Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, calls for FEMA, the federal disaster agency, to provide $100M, and the other, sponsored by Sen. Christopher Murphy, would have an additional $100M come from HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The families also express frustration that there’s been […]

  • The Real Story – Legislative agenda

    With less than two weeks remaining in the session, state lawmakers sill have a lot of work to do, to finalize a new budget. What are the issues? Will a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana get a vote? What about highway tolls and Gov. Malloy’s proposal to raise the state gasoline tax? Guest: Christopher Keating, Capitol Bureau Chief, Hartford Courant.

  • The Real Story: One on one with State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr.

    HARTFORD — Fox 61’s Jenn Bernstein sits down with two-term State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D) Branford, to talk about his decisions not to run for governor, and not to seek reelection to the senate.