Yamiche Alcindor (Twitter)
Yamiche Alcindor, left, White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, and Kathleen McElroy, right, director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.(Flickr Creative Commons/LBJ Library – 04/10/2019)

The internet is buzzing about the announcement Haitian-American journalist Yamiche Alcindor has been named host of PBS’s ‘Washington Week,” a political affairs show. Alcindor, a journalist for PBS Newshour rose to fame during former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration as White House correspondent when asking questions the public wanted to know despite Trump’s public verbal abuse of journalists in the White House Press Corps including Alcindor.

Alcindor was mentored by the late Haitian-American news journalist Gwen Ifill, who hosted the news show prior to her death in 2016. Ifill was a groundbreaking journalist, becoming the first Black woman to host a national political talk show on TV when she joined PBS’ ‘Washington Week In Review’ in 1999. Alcindor replaces Robert Costa who took over moderating duties following Ifill’s death from cancer in 2016.

PBS and WETA-TV, the Washington affiliate, produce the national news show.

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual or @TheBurtonWire

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