Congratulations are in order for Yamiche Alcindor who has been chosen as the new moderator of the long-standing PBS program, “Washington Week.”
Upon learning the news Alcindor shared that, “I basically instantly cried…thinking about Gwen.”
Alcindor, who has been a voice of reason, calm, and a steady source of facts amid political and social unrest is perfect for this position. “Washington Week” will forever be linked to Gwen Ifill who moderated the show prior to her passing in 2016. Ifill was a mentor to Alcindor who most recently has been reporting as the White House correspondent for “PBS’s NewHour.”
Alcindor recalled that prior to her first guest spot on NBC’s “Meet the Press” she called Ifill panicking.
She shared the advice Ifill gave her: “She basically told me, ‘You are a reporter who knows just as much as the people around that table. You earned this, and you are ready for this.’”
“I know how much ‘Washington Week’ meant to Gwen, and how much she put her stamp on the legacy of the show,” Alcindor said after the announcement. “I also feel this incredible responsibility to think deeply about taking this on and making it a show that people want to watch, that people will feel is living up to its great legacy.”
Alcindor went on to explain that she intends to widen the lens on what is covered in a way that serves the community while maintaining “a sense of respect and respectability.”
Alcindor explained, “There can be this sense, when you are working and living in Washington, that everything is about what’s going on in D.C.. So much of what has guided my journalism is, how are vulnerable populations being impacted by these policies? That will be my guiding light.”
Alcindor endured many instances of discomfort during Donald J. Trump’s presidency as she was often targeted whilst trying to perform her duties as White House Correspondent. “As a Black woman,” Alcindor recalled “…it wasn’t the first time that someone had targeted me or said something about me that I knew not to be true.”
Best of luck to the incomparable Yamiche Alcindor as she embarks on this new journey.