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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
  • Bob Stefanowski sits down with FOX61 to talk about Gov. Lamont’s shifting stance on tolls

    HARTFORD — A reversal of from Gov. Ned Lamont has led to backlash from state Republican leaders and runner up for Connecticut Governor, Bob Stefanowski. Stefanowski, sat down with FOX61’s Jenn Bernstein to share his thoughts on Lamont’s stance on tolls. “Obviously it’s pretty disappointing. I think it’s the type of thing that gives politicians a bad name, Jenn. We had five debates, Governor Lamont and I, and tolls came up in every one of those debates. He looked me […]

  • The Real Story: Raising the sales tax?

    Fox61 News report by Matt Caron on one lawmaker’s proposal to raise the state sales tax rate to 6.85%, a half-point increase. Whose idea is that, and what’s the purpose?

  • The Real Story: Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and the Lamont budget proposal

    Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz previews Governor Lamont’s imminent Budget Message to state lawmakers. We discuss raising the minimum wage to (eventually) $15/hour, legalizing marijuana, Paid Family/Medical Leave, and more, including plans for tolls. Bysiewicz hints at the ‘options’ Governor Lamont made clear two days after this interview was recorded. The governor’s budget address to the CT General Assembly is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, February 20th.  Fox61 News will carry it live.

  • The Real Story: State employee unions and the budget

    Are unionized state employees willing to, once again, make contract concessions to help balance the state budget? We put that question to Sal Luciano, the interim leader of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, and you may be surprised by his answer. (The day after this interview, Luciano was elected President of the CT AFL-CIO.)

  • The Real Story – State party chairs

    An extended discussion the with the state chairs of Connecticut’s two major parties:  The Democrats’ Nancy Wyman on why the former Lieutenant Governor came out of (a very brief) retirement, and what she hopes to accomplish as State Party Chair, and we ask Republican J.R. Romano if he’ll seek reelection after so many GOP losses in November. Plus their take on the early ideas and proposals in this year’s legislative session.

  • The Real Story – Democratic agenda for 2019

    With Gov. Ned Lamont’s Budget Message to the General Assembly drawing closer (Feb. 20), we talk with House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz about the Democratic agenda for 2019, including a much higher minimum wage, paid Family and Medical Leave, lifting sales tax exemptions, and ways to pay for transportation improvements.  We also asked what’s going to be done about the still-undecided House race in Stratford, where there was a mix-up on Election Day, when 75 voters were given ballots for the […]

  • The Real Story: Bob Stefanowski, the outsider looks in on the new administration

    Former Republican Candidate for Governor Bob Stefanowski says he was trying to remain quiet, but recent proposals floating around the Capitol such as the grocery tax and medication tax have him very concerned for Connecticut.  We get his take on Governor Lamont’s first few weeks in office, and get an update on what Stefanowski has been doing since the November election.

  • The Real Story: Tribal Chairs on casinos, sports betting, and their future in CT

    The leaders of Connecticut’s federally recognized tribes are renewing their push for a casino in East Windsor. Mohegan Tribal Chair Kevin Brown and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chair Rodney Butler update on us where the approval process stands on the federal level, and legislation that would allow the state to move forward without that approval.

  • The Real Story: Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on early voting

    Secretary of the State Discussion of bill to allow early voting in Connecticut, one of only a dozen states that do not allow it.  The approval process is complicated because it requires amending the state constitution.  Also discussed, what’s being done about the mix-up last year at a polling place in Stratford, where dozens of voters in one House district were given ballots with the names of candidates for a different district.

  • The Real Story: Shifting social Services

    Shifting more social services, currently provided by state agencies, to non-profits, as a way for the state to save money.  An idea whose time has come?  Barry Simon, President and CEO of Oak Hill, the largest such non-profit in the state (providing care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities) says “Yes!”, and explains how it would work.

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