Robert Costa was the Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week, the Peabody Award-winning weekly news analysis series on PBS, from 2017 to 2021. Costa is also a full-time national political reporter for The Washington Post, where he covers Congress and the White House and regularly travels the country to meet with voters and elected officials.
At Washington Week, Costa oversaw the weekly roundtable discussion of journalists on the program, which broadcasts live each Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern on PBS stations nationwide and on digital content platforms.
Costa joined Washington Week in April 2017 with nearly a decade of reporting experience that began with granular coverage of movement politics and Capitol Hill, including the battle over health-care policy during the Obama presidency and the 2010 mid-term elections. In 2012, he deeply covered the race for the Republican presidential nomination and published interviews with all the major candidates.
Costa is also a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and has appeared frequently on television in recent years, in particular on NBC’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Hardball, as well as on PBS NewsHour and Frontline.
A native of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Costa earned a master’s degree in 2009 from the University of Cambridge, where he studied Winston Churchill and was an active member of the Cambridge Union debating society. A year earlier, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the board of trustees from 2014 to 2017. He is currently on the advisory council for the Keough School of Global Affairs.
Costa was the eighth moderator in Washington Week’s 50-year history. He had appeared as a panelist on Washington Week dating back to 2014, and as a frequent guest moderator.