Yamiche Alcindor Named IWMF 2020 Gwen Ifill Award Recipient

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) yesterday named PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor its 2020 Gwen Ifill Award recipient. The award recognizes a remarkable woman journalist of color whose work embodies the legacy of Gwen Ifill, the late PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor. Alcindor, who also serves as a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, is being recognized for her coverage at the intersection of race and politics, and her career-long commitment to diversity in journalism.

“Through countless attacks, Yamiche remains focused on the pursuit of the truth,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the IWMF. “She mirrors Gwen Ifill’s tenacity and talent. At such a critical moment for press freedom, it is an honor to celebrate Yamiche and the barriers she has broken for young journalists of color following in her footsteps.” 

Alcindor added, “It is truly an honor and a blessing to receive this award from the IWMF during such a critical and historic year. Gwen Ifill was a journalism icon who exemplified all the virtues of the craft that we need now – fairness, bravery and truth-telling at all costs. Gwen, her dear friend Athelia Knight, and a number of other women and men in my life have helped me navigate my career and embrace my passion for civil rights journalism on many beats and in all forms. I am forever grateful for their support as I accept this award.”

In June 2020, the White House Correspondents’ Association named Alcindor the recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. She has also been honored with the Ifill Next Generation Award by Simmons University and NextGen Leader Award by the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance. In 2017, she won an award in a tribute to Ifill during Syracuse University’s Toner Prize ceremony. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and was named the organization’s “Emerging Journalist of the Year” in 2013.

“All of us at the NewsHour are deeply proud of our colleague, Yamiche; it is entirely fitting to see her recognized with the award created in Gwen’s memory,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and a co-founder of the IWMF. “Gwen spotted Yamiche as a young journalist of great promise, and it’s thrilling to watch her grow in stature as she covers some of the most consequential stories of our time. The NewsHour is strengthened in its journalism and Americans are better informed as a result of her unflinching dedication to reporting the facts as she finds them every day.”

Previous recipients of IWMF’s Gwen Ifill Award include Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine, Karen Toulon of Bloomberg News and Michele Norris of The Race Card Project.