Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will be moderating Washington Week.
Alcindor was announced to replace Robert Costa, who left the show in January after hosting since 2017, Deadline reports. Alcindor was a guest presenter after Costa’s departure and will take up her official role on Friday.
“This show has an amazing legacy and I am thrilled to be entering it. I hope to build on that, expand it and move this show significantly forward in these times of challenge and controversy, ”she said in a statement. “In this way, my guiding light will serve our audience and not shrink from the tough discussions about power and politics.”
“With serenity and tenacity, she has told some of the greatest political stories of our time and has continually demonstrated the highest standards of journalism,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA, the show’s producer, of Alcindor.
Alcindor will continue her correspondence work at PBS NewsHour as well as her contributing roles on MSNBC and NBC News. She went to Twitter to share the big news with her followers.
“I am honored to be the next moderator for @washingtonweek, a show that meant so much to Gwen Ifill when she ran this chair, ”she tweeted. My guiding light will focus on the impact of politics on everyday people and vulnerable populations. Come to me this Friday. “
I’m honored to be the next host of @washingtonweek, a show that meant so much to Gwen Ifill when she led this chair. My directional light will focus on the impact of politics on everyday people and vulnerable populations. Come to me this Friday. https://t.co/6WqpjcIL6k
– Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 4, 2021
Washington Week is a roundtable discussion among news journalists about the last reporting week. Past presenters on the show include Gwen Ifil, who ran the show from 1999 until her death in 2016. The show first premiered in 1967, with John Davenport as the first host.
Alcindor is a distinguished news reporter whose work has won her notable awards, including the Aldo Beckman Award for Excellence in White House Reporting from the White House Correspondents Association and the Gwen Ifill Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, reports The Root.