Aaron Bernstein is a Senior Writer who manages and edits the workplace and social issues department for BusinessWeek. He has consistently contributed social and economic analysis to the pages of the magazine. As a 19-year veteran of BusinessWeek, Mr. Bernstein has developed a unique portfolio – he has chronicled the ups and downs of the U.S. labor movement for many years, and he was one of the first writers in the country to explore the growing economic inequality in the U.S. He has also covered issues such as labor unions, employment, wages and other economic trends, and workers rights.
Most recently, Mr. Bernstein has worked on an expose about racism in the workplace as
well as stories on America's fraying social safety net. He also wrote the article “Backlash: Behind the Anxiety Over Globalization” addressing the issue of globalization, what fueled American protests during the WTO and the IMF meetings, and how globalization is affecting the average American citizen. In 1999, he wrote an important piece, “Poverty in America,” that combined routine Census Bureau data with reporting from cities across the country. In addition, he has become a frequent contributor of original stories to BusinessWeek Online.
Mr. Bernstein is based in Washington, DC and had been the workplace editor, a position he assumed in 1985, prior to becoming an associate editor for BusinessWeek. He joined the magazine in 1983 as a staff editor in the corporate strategies department. Prior to joining BusinessWeek, he was a reporter/researcher for Forbes, and a correspondent in London for United Press International. In 1989, Bernstein published “Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the battle for Eastern Airlines” (Simon & Schuster).
Mr. Bernstein holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has also done graduate work at Oxford. Mr. Bernstein was presented with an award from the American Assn. of University Professors for the story “What Can KO Inequality?” (May 31, 1999), as well as two awards from Sidney Hillman – for the cover story, “Inequality” (Aug. 15, 1994) and for “Why America Needs Unions” (May 23, 1994).