Yamiche Alcindor, an award-winning White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, was hired as a Washington correspondent for NBC News.
Alcindor starts the job in March, according to a Tuesday staff memo from NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland. Variety was first to report Alcindor’s new role.
In the memo, Strickland said Alcindor will cover “the Biden administration, the impact of federal policies on communities across the country, and issues at the intersection of race, culture and politics.”
Alcindor has appeared on MSNBC since 2013 and has been a political contributor to NBC News and MSNBC since 2016, appearing on programs including Meet the Press and Morning Joe.
“This feels like coming home to family,” Alcindor said on Twitter.
Alcindor, who joined NewsHour in 2018, will give up her role with the public television program but will remain moderator for the Friday-night political roundtable Washington Week, a role she took on this year.
In a staff memo, NewsHour EP Sara Just said Alcindor’s last day with the program is in mid-January.
Before NewsHour, Alcindor worked for The New York Times, USA Today and Newsday and was an intern for The Washington Post. Her reporting has focused on civil rights and inequality, including topics such as policing and immigration policy.
She won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Aldo Beckman Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year honors last year. She has also won the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Gwen Ifill Award, named after one of Alcindor’s mentors.
Alcindor’s departure follows news of change at NewsHour Productions, a subsidiary of WETA in Washington, D.C. The organization took over management of Washington Week and is also preparing to solely operate NewsHour Weekend with Geoff Bennett as host. Bennett, who most recently worked as a White House correspondent for NBC News and a fill-in anchor for MSNBC, will remain a contributor to both outlets.
This story has been updated with the date of Alcindor’s departure from NewsHour.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Alcindor joined NewsHour in late 2018. She started in January 2018.