Bernstein departs Reuters for Berkeleyside


Sharon Bernstein

Reuters journalist Sharon Bernstein has left the news service after 11 years to become interim managing editor of Berkeleyside, a nonprofit news organization.

She has been a national reporter for Reuters based in California. Before joining Reuters in 2013, she was working for NBC4 in Los Angeles.

Previously, her time at the Los Angeles Times included stints as a reporter and editor covering business, politics, emergency preparedness, public health, media and culture. Bernstein contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Southern California wildfires in 2004, breaking news in 1998 and the Northridge Earthquake in 1994.

On the business news desk, Bernstein was an assignment editor, overseeing real estate and regional economics coverage as well as the Sunday business coverage on personal finance and real estate.

Bernstein began her career at the paper in 1989 as a television reporter for Calendar and moved to the Valley Edition in 1992, where she served as a reporter, assistant city editor and filled in as acting business editor for several months. Her stories led to new protections for women on Medi-Cal and for women during childbirth.

She moved to business to cover health care in 1996 and returned to metro in 2001 as a senior general assignment reporter, tackling such topics as local politics, transportation, emergency preparedness, urban planning and public health. She served as the Sunday night editor there from 2006 through 2008.

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