Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will be the new host of Washington Week, the PBS Public Affairs Show.
Alcindor will succeed Robert Costa, who left the show in January after hosting since 2017. Alcindor has been a guest presenter since then.
In a statement, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA, which produces the show, said of Alcindor: “With serenity and tenacity, she has handled some of the greatest political stories of our time, and has continuously demonstrated the highest standards of journalism. ”
Alcindor will continue her roles on PBS NewsHour and as a writer for NBC News and MSNBC. It will start on Friday.
“This show has an amazing legacy and I am thrilled to be entering it. I hope to build on it, expand it and move this show significantly forward in these times of challenge and controversy, ”she said in a statement. “In this way, my guiding light will serve our audience and not shrink from the tough discussions about power and politics.”
She will be the ninth presenter on the show after Costa and before that Gwen Ifill, who ran the program from 1999 until her death in 2016.
The show features a round table with print, broadcast and online news journalists analyzing the past week. The show premiered on February 23, 1967, with John Davenport as the first host.