Yamiche Alcindor is New Host of Washington Week

May 4, 2021

A black woman with short hair sits at glossy anchor desk in TV studio that pictures White House at night behind her. A red coffee cup sits near her right hand.

Yamiche Alcindor, moderator of Washington Week, on set in April 2021. Photo: Scott Suchman

Yamiche Alcindor in the new host and moderator of Washington Week, the Peabody Award-winning weekly PBS news analysis series that airs live on Friday evenings at 8 p.m., nationwide.

Alcindor will remain the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour. She was one of ten interim hosts for Washington Week since Robert Costa’s departure in January 2021. Alcindor officially joins Washington Week as moderator beginning Friday, May 7, 2021.

In addition to moderating Washington Week, Alcindor will file periodic digital reports for the Washington Week website.

“Yamiche is the right person at the right time for this role,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital. “One of the most respected voices in journalism today, Yamiche is known for her command of public-policy issues and her intrepid work as a member of the White House press corps. With composure and tenacity, she has covered some of the most momentous political stories of our time, continually demonstrating the highest standards of journalism.”

“I am incredibly honored and grateful to take the helm of Washington Week,” Alcindor said. “This show has an amazing legacy, and I am thrilled to step into it. I hope to build on it, to expand it and to bring this show forward distinctively into these times of challenge and controversy. In doing so, my guiding light will be serving our audiences and not shying away from the hard conversations about power and politics.”

A Black woman with short hair wears a grey tailored long jacket over a white dress. She stands in the foreground of a tv set depicting the White House at night in background.

Yamiche Alcindor, moderator of Washington Week, on set in April 2021. Photo: Scott Suchman

Alcindor will be the ninth moderator in Washington Week’s 54-year history, following Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa, who held the position from 2017 to 2021, and Gwen Ifill, who moderated the program from 1999 until her death in 2016, and was an important mentor for Alcindor.

Speaking about her new role on Washington Week with The Current, a nonprofit news service for and about public media, Alcindor said, ““From a personal and professional standpoint, I’m sort of floored, because I know how much this show meant to Gwen. I’m really feeling her sense of resilience, her tenacity, her brilliance as I think about this next phase of my career.”

Alcindor has covered the White House for PBS NewsHour since 2018. Prior to that, she covered the campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for The New York Times. During the 2020 presidential election season, Alcindor was a moderator for the sixth Democratic primary debate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the 2020 Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association and the 2020 Gwen Ifill Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

Alcindor was born in Miami, Florida, to Haitian parents. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University. In 2015, she received a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University.

Washington Week is known for its depth, balance and civil discourse. The program features a roundtable of journalists from print, broadcast and online news organizations who provide analysis of the week’s major national news stories and their impact on the lives of Americans. For over 50 years, dating back to the premiere broadcast on February 23, 1967, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting, informative and reporter-driven conversation of the week. It is the longest-running primetime news and analysis program on television and was recognized for its journalism excellence with a 2008 Peabody Award, among other honors.

Follow the program on social media via @washingtonweek and facebook.com/washingtonweek. Follow Yamiche Alcindor on Twitter via @Yamiche