Yamiche Léone Alcindor is an American journalist and is currently the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. Prior to joining the PBS NewsHour, she worked as a reporter for USA Today and The New York Times. Alcindor’s main work is to write about politics and social issues.
In January 2018, she was named the White House Correspondent. She covered the Trump presidency. Alcindor was one of the moderators of the sixth Democratic debate during the 2020 presidential election season. She received the 2020 Aldo Beckman Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage.
Yamiche Alcindor has a Net Worth of $1 Million
According to sources, Yamiche Alcindor has an estimated net worth of $1 million and earns an annual salary of $129,374. She primarily earns from her journalism profession.
The journalist on “Bringing the Hard Truth to America”
It’s difficult for Yamiche Alcindor to pick one moment that summarizes the experience of covering the Trump White House. But if she chose, it would be definitely early in a pandemic in March when she grabbed the mic at a press briefing and asked President Trump why the White House had dismantled its pandemic-response office. “Well, I just think it’s a nasty question,” Trump fumed.
After few weeks, in response to a question Alcindor asked about the availability of ventilators, he rebuked her again: “Be nice. Don’t be threatening.” Trump’s harsh remarks to Alcindor went viral. Many pundits interpreted such comments as heavily loaded references to her gender and race. But Yamiche Alcindor wasn’t frightened and in response tweeted; “My take: Be steady. Stay focused. Remember your purpose. And always press forward,” .
“I felt obviously targeted because the president made it very clear that I was a target,”. she tells; “at the end of the day, I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be in this moment.”
Such resolve and clarity of purpose have supported Alcindor throughout her journalism career. She was inspired by the story of Emmett Till to enter the field of journalism.
“I wanted to be a professional witness,” Alcindor says. “I wanted to be someone who was bringing the hard truth to America, who was forcing the country to look at the flaws of these promises that we make to treat every man and woman equally and how we don’t live up to that a lot of times.”
Alcindor stood as witness to injustice in all forms, interviewing each and everyone from Amazon workers to Mexican immigrants seeking asylum to black and brown families on the South Side of Chicago who have been hit hard by Covid. Alcindor wrote about immigrants experiencing PTSD over Trump’s refusal to admit the election results. “I know firsthand how immigrants who had come to America seeking a democracy that was functioning were feeling when they were seeing this democracy tested,” Alcindor says.
The PBS correspondent’s formative years
Yamiche Alcindor,34, was born on the 1st of November in the year 1986 in Miami, Florida. She is Haitian-American and is fluent in Haitian Creole. From Georgetown University in 2009, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and government with a minor in African-American studies. Alcindor earned her master’s degree in “broadcast news and documentary filmmaking” from New York University in 2015.
Her first full-time job was as a reporter at Newsday and worked there for two years. Later in December 2011, she became a multimedia reporter at USA Today based in New York City. At USA Today she covered national breaking news, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Ferguson unrest, and the Baltimore protests. In 2013, started contributing to NBC News and MSNBC as a guest, and that same year she was named “Emerging Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Married Nathaniel Cline
Alcindor got married to Nathaniel Cline who is an award-winning reporter.
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