Awards and Recognition
- 1988 Sam Taub Award - The Boxing Writers Association of America Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism Award
- 2009: Inductee into the World Boxing Hall of Fame (receiving the highest number of votes ever for a non-boxer inductee)
- 2009: World Boxing Hall of Fame's "Sugar Ray Robinson Award"
- 2012: International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee
In the 1970s, Bernstein was a newspaperman, working at Lerner Newspapers in Chicago. He eventually became a managing editor at that newspaper.
In 1978, he wrote Boxing For Beginners, an instructional and historical book on boxing. He also wrote for Boxing Illustrated and The Ring during this period.
In 2012, Bernstein released 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths About Boxing, Sports and TV.
In 1980, Bernstein joined ESPN as boxing analyst for the Top Rank Boxing series. He stayed at ESPN until 2003, and during that time he also worked as a reporter for SportsCenter, covering major boxing matches, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL Draft. He also wrote and hosted the series Big Fights Boxing Hour for ESPN Classic. In 1988, he won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism and in 2012 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. It was announced in December 2012 that he would be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame as one of their inaugural inductees in 2013 in the Media category.
In 1992 and 1996, he served as the boxing analyst for NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympic Games. From 1999–2002, he was a sports anchor for KVVU news in Las Vegas.
Since 2003, Berstein has served as the boxing analyst on Showtime for Showtime Championship Boxing.
Al currently[when?] hosts an Internet Boxing Channel with Internet sports network IBN Sports.
He has been Channel 5's main boxing analyst since 2011.