Yamiche Alcindor announced that she’s stepping down from her position as moderator of Washington Week, the Friday-night political roundtable that airs on PBS stations nationally.
Alcindor’s last day with the program will be Feb. 24, according to a news release. She said on Twitter that the move “will allow me to focus full time on my commitments to NBC News & to finish my upcoming memoir.”
Washington Week is produced by NewsHour Productions, a subsidiary of WETA in Washington, D.C. In a staff memo, WETA CEO Sharon Rockefeller said the organization is “very grateful to Yamiche for her commitment to the highest standards of journalism during her years in public media” and wished Alcindor for “continued career success.”
“As we undertake a search for the next moderator of Washington Week, we will draw on the strong roster of journalists at PBS NewsHour and in the Washington press corps to continue this good work,” Rockefeller said. “We particularly appreciate the continued dedication of the Washington Week team in producing the program smoothly through this transition.”
Alcindor became the program’s moderator in 2021 after working as White House correspondent for NewsHour. She left NewsHour last year to become a Washington correspondent with NBC News.
Alcindor signed a deal in 2020 for her memoir Don’t Forget, which will explore background as a child of Haitian immigrants and her interest in politics and civil rights. She joined NewsHour in 2018 and previously worked at The New York Times, USA Today and Newsday.
In 2020, Alcindor won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Aldo Beckman Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year honor. She has also won the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Gwen Ifill Award, named after a mentor of Alcindor’s.
“Thank you to our loyal viewers & supporters of Washington Week,” she said on Twitter. “As I step away from the show, I hope to still see you regularly as I report on the big stories & the impact of policy & politics on everyday Americans for NBC News.”
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.