David S. Bernstein
David S. Bernstein is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years experience reporting, analyzing, and commenting on politics, public policy, and a range of topics. He has been a WGBH News columnist and contributor since 2013.
Bernstein's Talking Politics column for WGBH News regularly breaks new stories, and provides unique analysis, about politics and policy relevant to Bostonians--whether the action takes place in City Hall, at the State House, around New England, in the halls of Washington, or across the country.
The column is followed closely by those on the inside of Massachusetts politics, and by more than 30,000 followers on social media. The reach of Bernstein's Twitter presence led the Boston Globe, using an algorithm developed by former Harvard researchers, to rank him as the single most influential media figure in state politics on that platform, during the 2014 election cycle.
His awards include Journalist Of The Year from the New England Press Association, and Excellence In Criminal Justice Reporting from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has appeared multiple times on CNN and MSNBC, among other networks, providing political analysis.
Despite What Fox News Says, The Political Establishment Is Resisting The 'Crazies'The Results of Tuesday's primaries suggest the political center — Republican and Democrat — may be battered, but it's holding.
It's One Of The Hottest Races In Mass! Will Voters Notice?Twelve Democrats are fighting to succeed Cong. Nikki Tsongas in the 3rd Congressional District.
Warren Raises 10 Times More Campaign Cash Than GOP RevialsElizabeth Warren does not figure to have a difficult re-election on her hands this November. Every major political forecaster has already chalked it up as a Democratic hold, and nothing about the state’s voters, or her potential Republican challengers, has thus far suggested anything else.
Will A Pack Of Criminal Justice 'Reform' Candidates Lead To The Election Of A 'Conservative' Suffolk County DA?After years of frustration, Beacon Hill progressives succeeded this week in passing legislation that they say will move the state away from a failed tough-on-crime philosophy toward what is described as a smart-on-crime approach.
Tough 2014 Mass. Gun Law Has Had Little Effect, A State Study FindsAn impressive, wide-ranging gun reform law, passed in 2014, has not reduced gun violence and gun crime at all in Massachusetts. The annual number of firearm-related crimes, homicides, suicides, and prosecutions appears unaffected so far, according to a new report required by the law itself.
Right-Wing Venom Positioned To Leach Into MassachusettsSeveral months ago, I dialed into a member organizing call for the National Stop Elizabeth Warren Committee, a Super PAC actively recruiting on Facebook—and by recruiting, I mean posting and paying to promote nasty stories and memes insulting Warren. On the call, there wasn’t much organization or strategy discussed; the two women who run the group, Tina Goff of Iowa and Sarah de la Cerda of Littleton, Massachusetts, spent the entire teleconference stressing the importance of contributing money to their committee, and finding other people to also send contributions.