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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: Hartford mayoral candidate J. Stan McCauley

    This we’re talking with two of the several candidates challenging incumbent Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin in the September 10th primary. This is J. Stan McCauley’s third run for Hartford Mayor. He is a Democrat who’s running as an independent, with a cross- endorsement from the Republican Town Committee. The TV entrepreneur had supported Mayor Bronin in 2015, but says he has been disappointed by Bronin’s emphasis on downtown development, rather than conditions in the city’s neighborhoods, and he offers a […]

  • The Real Story: Hartford mayoral candidate Brandon McGee

    This week, we talk with two of the candidates challenging incumbent Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, in the September 10th primary. Brandon McGee is a four-term state representative.  McGee, entered the race last January, saying he was motivated by issues such as subpar housing in the city, and a lack of opportunity for people released from jail. With respect to Mayor Bronin’s performance, he says he was particularly turned off by the Mayor’s decision to explore a run for governor early […]

  • The Real Story: Controversy and concern over “quasi-public” agencies

    Governor Lamont has ordered a top-to-bottom review of quasi-public agencies. The state has more than a dozen “Quasis”, which are financed by the state to perform a particular function, but are allowed to operate like a business (with fewer government controls), enabling them to respond more quickly to take advantage of opportunities, or to correct problems. The investigations follow the revelation that the Connecticut Port Authority paid $3,000 of taxpayer money for six pieces of office wallart – six photos […]

  • The Real Story: Atty. General William Tong on gun reform

    In the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings in Dayton, OH and E Paso, TX, CT Attorney General William Tong has joined the call for Congress to pass gun laws similar to those that Connecticut adopted after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Also discussed: Tong’s investigation of e-cigarette maker JUUL over its marketing practices, including ads targeting young people, and its claims of being a safe and effective alternative to smoking tobacco products.

  • The Real Story: CCDL President on gun reform

    As leader of the state’s largest gun rights advocacy organization, Connecticut Citizens Defense League President Scott Wilson offers his reaction to the current calls for expanding federal gun control measures.

  • The Real Story: New Haven mayoral candidate Justin Elicker on city hall investigation

    In next month’s Democratic primary, Elicker is, once again, challenging Mayor Toni Harp, for the party’s nomination. His run comes amid a looming FBI investigation at City Hall, over “spending” issues. Elicker, who narrowly lost to Harp in 2013, has called for Youth Services Director Jason Bartlett to be fired over his handling of federal grantm oney.

  • The Real Story: House Minority Leader Klarides

    Representative Themis Klarides (R-Derby) returns to The Real Story and reiterates Republican opposition to bringing back highway tolls as a way to pay for roads and bridges, insisting that the state instead just borrow the money through bond sales.  See her reaction to an idea advanced on last week’s program by her Democrat counterpart, Majority Leader Matt Ritter, who suggested a combination of tolls and borrowing … but tolls on bridges only, instead of major highways.

  • The Real Story: House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz

    House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) joins Al and Jenn to discuss the new bipartisan proposal that would authorize the tribes that operate the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos to build a casino in Bridgeport.  It would also allow the tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos, as well as through mobile apps and internet gambling. The proposed legislation would also authorize the Connecticut Lottery to sell tickets online and through mobile apps.  The bill is expected to be introduced […]

  • The Real Story: Lt. Governor Bysiewicz on listening, and women & girls

    Lt. Governor Bysiewicz talks about what she’s been learning through her “listening” tour across the state, talking with businesses and town leaders about their concerns. We also ask about her role, chairing the new Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.  What are the Council’s goals, and what has been accomplished so far?

  • The Real Story: Rob Simmons

    The former 2nd District Congressman discusses his decision not to seek reelection as First Selectman of Stonington this year, and instead run, along with his wife Heidi, for seats on the local Board of Education. Simmons also talked about his recent visit with President Trump at the White House. Simmons, a Vietnam-era Army veteran, also worked for the CIA, so we asked him for his opinion regarding Russian meddling in our elections. You might be surprised by his answer.

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