Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women’s Political Leadership
Senator Wynona Lipman Chairholder, 2021
White House Correspondent, PBS NewsHour;
Moderator of Washington Week; NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor
In today’s ever-changing political landscape, Yamiche Alcindor has become a go-to voice in analyzing the most critical issues of our time, for Democrats and Republicans alike. As the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Moderator of Washington Week, and an NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, Alcindor 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 and to Helsinki, Finland, for President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She has also traveled to McAllen, Texas, to chronicle life on the US/Mexican border and to gauge the impact of President Trump’s family separation policy as well as to Jackson, Mississippi to write about the impact of racial inequalities and poverty in America.
As a MSNBC contributor, Alcindor often appears on shows like Morning Joe, Meet the Press, and Andrea Mitchell Reports. 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, writing about criminal justice and fast breaking stories. The daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College, 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 Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has also reported on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the legacy of President Obama as well as how police killings affect communities and children.
The recipient of the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage as well as the 2020 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award, Alcindor has become a steady 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.