Robert Bernstein, a public affairs specialist in the Public Information Office (PIO), has been with the U.S. Census Bureau for 20 years.
In this capacity, Bernstein handles well over a thousand media queries annually, assisting everyone from nationally syndicated columnists to reporters working at small-town dailies in finding the Census Bureau data they need to do their stories or columns. He is considered the “go-to-person” for PIO colleagues and scores of reporters alike in answering a wide range of demographic data questions.
He also has been responsible for producing the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series, a regular publication consisting of federal statistics related to holidays and other observances and serves as a spokesperson for many of the agency’s major data releases, including those relating to population estimates and the official U.S. poverty rate.
Prior to joining PIO, Bernstein wrote agency statistical briefs that summarized data from demographic surveys of the U.S. population and provided timely statistics on specific issues of public policy.
He has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and is a two-time recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior accomplishments.