Award-Winning Journalist Yamiche Alcindor Named PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent
Washington, DC (November 30, 2017) – PBS NewsHour, anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, today named New York Times national political reporter Yamiche Alcindor the nightly news broadcast’s White House Correspondent. Alcindor joined the Times in 2015, where she covered the presidential campaigns of then-Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders. She will join NewsHour on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Correspondent John Yang, who has covered the Trump Administration since Inauguration Day 2017 as well as Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016 for NewsHour, has been named the broadcast’s new national correspondent.
“I’m thrilled to join PBS NewsHour in this new role covering President Trump and his impact on our nation,” said Alcindor. “The show throughout its history and during this current administration has produced stellar work that connects federal policy and politics with everyday people’s lives.”
Sara Just, PBS NewsHour executive producer, added, “I am delighted to have Yamiche Alcindor joining our team. She is a first-class reporter whose doggedness and curiosity perfectly match the NewsHour.”
In her new role at NewsHour, Alcindor will continue to serve as a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC.
Alcindor currently covers Congress, the impact of the Trump Administration’s policies on working class Americans and people of color, and the intersection of race and politics in America. She was previously a national breaking news reporter for USA Today where she reported on the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, the death of Trayvon Martin, and police related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.
“I’ve read and watched Yamiche’s reporting with admiration and have been struck with how she combines an eye for detail, crisp writing and passion for the craft with a gift for communicating on air,” said Woodruff. “I’m excited to have her join us on this critical beat.”
In March 2017, Alcindor – who described the late PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor Gwen Ifill as one of her mentors – was presented an award in Ifill’s memory at the Toner Prize. Earlier this year, she was also named to The Root’s annual list of the most influential African Americans in the country and to The 1804 List, an award named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence that recognizes influential Haitian-American leaders. In 2013, she was named the National Association of Black Journalists Emerging Journalist of the Year.
Alcindor earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University.
Alcindor is represented by WME and attorney Kathleen Conkey.
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