May 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor to anchor "Washington Week"

Yamiche Alcindor.

Photo: "Washington Week"

Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for "PBS NewsHour," today was named the ninth moderator of "Washington Week" in the venerable program's 54-year history.

Why it matters: Alcindor follows in the footsteps of the show's longtime moderator and her mentor, Gwen Ifill, who became the first Black woman to anchor a national political talk show in 1999.

  • I know how much ‘Washington Week’ meant to Gwen, and how much she put her stamp on the legacy of the show,” Alcindor told the New York Times.
  • “I also feel this incredible responsibility to think deeply about taking this on and making it a show that people want to watch, that people will feel is living up to its great legacy.”

Details: Alcindor, who'll remain as PBS White House correspondent and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, begins her new role this Friday. The program, produced by WETA, airs live on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

The big picture: Alcindor, a former New York Times correspondent, succeeds the WashPost's Robert Costa, who stepped aside to write a Trump/Biden book with Bob Woodward.

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