Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women’s Political Leadership 2021


United States

Truth in Journalism: Reporting on Politics and Identity in America

Yamiche Alcindor

Anchor and Moderator, Washington Week;
White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour (2018 – 2021)
Washington Correspondent, NBC News (2022)


Yamiche Alcindor Official Headshot

The White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour since 2018, Alcindor moves to NBC News in March of 2022 as Washington correspondent covering the Biden administration, the impact of federal policies on communities and issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics. She is also host of Washington Week and as a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC appears frequently on programs such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, Deadline and Hardball with Chris Matthews, where she methodically unravels the steady stream of breaking news to help her listeners make sense of it all. 

Alcindor’s knack for following the story has taken her to places like Belgium for the 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting. She traveled to Helsinki, Finland, for President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and McAllen, Texas, to chronicle life on the US/Mexican border and gauge the impact of President Trump’s family separation policy. In 2019 she served as a moderator for the sixth Democratic primary debate.

Earlier in her career, she was a national reporter for The New York Times, writing about politics and social issues, and a journalist with USA Today

The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Alcindor has written extensively on the intersection of race and politics. She has covered the impact of President Trump’s policies on the working-class, immigration, and breaking news coming out of the Middle East and Asia. She reported on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the legacy of President Obama as well as how police killings affect communities and children. 

Named the 2020 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, Alcindor has become a steadily rising voice in journalism. She earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, government, and African American studies from Georgetown University.