About Yamiche @yamiche
Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour; the moderator of Washington Week, the weekly public affairs show on PBS; and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters. She is currently covering the administration of President Joe Biden and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Before that, she covered the administration of former President Donald Trump and the impact of his policies and rhetoric on vulnerable populations domestically and internationally. As a White House correspondent, she has covered a range of issues including the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on black people and communities of color, the protests following the death of George Floyd, and the consequences of former President Trump's immigration policies.
Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times and a national breaking news reporter for USA Today. In 2020, Alcindor was named the recipient of RTDNA's John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, IWMF’s Gwen Ifill Award and the White House Correspondents' Association's Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and was named the organization's 2020 Journalist of the Year.
Alcindor earned a master's degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor's in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University. A native of Miami, Fla., Yamiche is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.
Yamiche’s Recent Stories
Nation May 04In unprecedented day at U.S. Supreme Court, justices hear arguments by phone
Monday marked a Supreme Court argument unlike any other -- not because of the legal issues at stake, but because of the logistics made necessary by the pandemic. The session took place over the telephone and was broadcast live, representing…
Health Apr 30States ask for more federal aid as economic crisis deepens
New government jobs numbers reiterate the extent of the pandemic’s economic damage. In the last six weeks, more than 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, including another 3.8 million filing for unemployment last week. Lawmakers are still debating how…
Economy Apr 23The politics behind protests of stay-at-home orders
Officials at all levels of U.S. government are engaged in discussions about how and when to resume commerce and other activities. Polling data shows the majority of Americans support restrictions to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, but there have…
Nation Apr 16Read the White House’s guidelines for reopening public life in phases
The guidelines say states or regions should meet certain criteria before moving to a phased opening.
Politics Mar 27D.C. to cut back in-person primary voting, encourage mail-in ballots amid coronavirus outbreak
The move comes as at least a dozen states have postponed their primaries in an effort to protect voters from contracting the virus and as candidates across the country have replaced physical campaigning with virtual efforts.
Nation Mar 19Immigration courts are still open as coronavirus cases grow
Without more specific guidance, these unions say, immigration judges and other courtroom personnel have been largely left to make their own decisions on how to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
Politics Mar 18After closures at U.S.-Canada border, Trump says he’ll halt nonessential travel at southern border
White House officials said the northern border closings -- like the southern border plan being considered -- will not apply to American citizens, green-card holders and foreigners who already have legal rights to be here.
Health Mar 17What the U.S. federal government is doing to fight COVID-19
In the U.S., nearly 100 people have died from novel coronavirus among 5,200 confirmed cases. With the infection expected to spread more broadly and businesses and organizations shutting down, what is the latest federal government response? Lisa Desjardins, Yamiche Alcindor…
Politics Mar 13Chair of Congressional Black Caucus endorses Biden
Bass told the PBS NewsHour in an interview Thursday that she believes Biden has the best chance of beating President Donald Trump in the general election.
Nation Mar 12What you need to know about Trump’s novel coronavirus response
On the same day the World Health Organization declared novel coronavirus a pandemic, President Donald Trump laid out his plans to combat COVID-19 in an Oval Office address. Here's what we know.