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Broadcast journalist Yamiche Alcindor was born on November 1, 1986 in Miami, Florida to Yanick Alcindor and Michel Pean. She graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2009 with her B.A. degree in English and government and a minor in African American studies. In 2015, Alcindor received her M.A. degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University.
Alcindor was hired as a reporter for the New York newspaper Newsday in 2010, where she reported on events such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2012, she was hired as a national breaking news reporter at USA Today in New York City, where she covered the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown and in Baltimore, Maryland after the killing of Freddie Gray. In 2015, Alcindor joined The New York Times as a national reporter and videographer covering politics and social justice issues, where she reported on the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. She also was hired as a political analyst at NBC News and MSNBC in 2015. In 2018, Alcindor was named White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covered the COVID-19 pandemic and the presidential administrations of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. She subsequently served as the anchor and moderator of PBS NewsHour’s Washington Week from 2021 to 2023 and as a Washington correspondent for NBC News in 2022. Alcindor also produced the 2015 documentary The Trouble with Innocence and appeared in the 2018 television series The Fourth Estate.
Alcindor became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2022 and board member of the Columbia Journalism Review in 2021. She also is a member of the White House Correspondents Association, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alcindor was named Emerging Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the NABJ and received Syracuse University’s Toner prize in 2017. In 2020, she was named the NABJ’s Journalist of the Year and was the recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation Gwen Ifill Award, the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association, and the Radio Television Digital News Association’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. Alcindor has been nominated for a Shorty Award and was named number five on The Root 100 in 2020. She received a Peabody Award in 2022 for her PBS NewsHour coverage of the January 6 United States Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
Alcindor resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Nathaniel Cline. They have a son, Yrie Miles Alcindor Cline.
Yamiche Alcindor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 17, 2022.