This week, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced that they would be honoring PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor with the 2020 IWMF Gwen Ifill Award for her coverage on race relations and politics in addition to her commitment to promoting diversity within journalism.
“It is truly an honor and a blessing to receive this award from the IWMF during such a critical and historic year,” said Alcindor in a press statement. “Gwen Ifill was a journalism icon who exemplified all the virtues of the craft that we need now – fairness, bravery, and truth-telling at all costs. Gwen, her dear friend Athelia Knight, and a number of other women and men in my life have helped me navigate my career and embrace my passion for civil rights journalism on many beats and in all forms. I am forever grateful for their support as I accept this award.”
Alcindor made headlines for asking President Trump and his administration tough questions, which has drawn hostility from the president.
“Through countless attacks, Yamiche remains focused on the pursuit of the truth,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the IWMF in a statement.
“She mirrors Gwen Ifill’s tenacity and talent. At such a critical moment for press freedom, it is an honor to celebrate Yamiche and the barriers she has broken for young journalists of color following in her footsteps.”
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This year’s Gwen Ifill Award winner is Yamiche Alcindor (@yamichepbs)! As PBS NewsHour’s White House correspondent, Yamiche is a force to be reckoned with, always holding power to account (we know you’ve seen the clips!). Every day, she carries on Gwen’s legacy of leadership, mentorship and challenging expectations of how Black women and women of color should report. We’re thrilled to honor this incredible, #fiercewomanjourno. And now, back to Andria’s takeover! . . #yamichealcindor #pbs #newshour #gwenifill #pressfreedom #blackjournalist #womanjournalist #award #journalism #media #news #blackgirlmagic