Washington Week, the long-running PBS public affairs show, has named a new moderator.
Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will join the program as its moderator this Friday, May 7. The news was announced by Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the president and CEO of WETA, which produces Washington Week. Alcindor will also continue to serve as the White House correspondent for NewsHour.
Alcindor will be the ninth moderator in Washington Week’s 54-year history. She succeeds Robert Costa, who led the show from 2017 through January 2021. Gwen Ifill moderated the program from 1999 until her death until 2016.
“I am incredibly honored and grateful to take the helm of Washington Week,” Alcindor said in a statement. “This show has an amazing legacy, and I am thrilled to step into it. I hope to build on it, to expand it and to bring this show forward distinctively into these times of challenge and controversy. In doing so, my guiding light will be serving our audiences and not shying away from the hard conversations about power and politics.”
Alcindor joined NewsHour in 2018, and before that covered the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for The New York Times.
NewsHour has long been unique among the Washington public affairs shows, owing not just to its Friday evening time period, but also its depth and discourse. The show has always been reporter-driven, with a panel of journalists analyzing and dissecting the week’s news since the program debuted on Feb. 23, 1967.