Yamiche Alcindor Speaks with NYPC on February 23


As part of our continuing Virtual Speaker Series, Yamiche Alcindor joined the New York Press Club in conversation with NYPC President Jane Tillman Irving on February 23.

Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a role she began in January 2018. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics as well as fatal police encounters.

Alcindor is also a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC often appearing on a number of shows including Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on working-class people and people of color.

Before joining The Times, she was a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled across the country to cover stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the police-related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md. Alcindor’s overall goal is to be a civil rights journalist and she was inspired by the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill.

In 2020, Alcindor was named the recipient of RTDNA’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, IWMF’s Gwen Ifill Award and the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and was named the organization’s 2020 “Journalist of the Year.” Alcindor has also been honored with the Ifill Next Generation Award by Simmons University and NextGen Leader Award by the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance. In 2017, she won an award in a tribute to Ifill during Syracuse University’s Toner Prize ceremony. NABJ also named Alcindor its “Emerging Journalist of the Year” in 2013.

Alcindor 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. A native of Miami, Fla., Yamiche is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.

Alcindor will be joined in conversation with NYPC President Jane Tillman Irving.

Jane Tillman Irving is a well-known New York City broadcast journalist.  She retired after 18 years as a news writer and reporter for WCBS-AM/Newsradio 880.  It was her second employment at the station; she worked there as a reporter for 14 years before joining WCBS-TV/Channel 2 in the mid-1980s as a correspondent.  In addition, she served as news anchor for WebMD’s daily Internet news broadcast for physicians.  She was United States Researcher for productions by BBC television and fflic Films in Wales, and has been a freelance television correspondent for ABC News One (network syndication).