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Yamiche Alcindor (left) with her mentor Gwen Ifill. Photo Courtesy of Tony Powell/PBS Newshour
By The Skanner News
Published: 05 April 2020

"When you’re a Black reporter, you’re not just preserving history, you’re making it. Yamiche is part of history; she’s going to be in history books." That's what April Ryan said when asked about her colleague, Yamiche Alcindor.

As one of few Black women currently serving as a White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor has seen her fair share of challenges. And with each one, she continues to show the world why April Ryan was right.

Here are 10 reasons why Journalist, Yamiche Alcindor, is Black girl magic personified:

  1. Yamiche is an award winning journalist and a White House correspondent for PBS Newshour
  2. According to Middlebury magazine, she was inspired to become a journalist after learning about the murder of Emmett Till
  3. Yamiche was mentored by the late legendary journalist Gwen Ifill
  4. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Government with a minor in African American studies from Georgetown University
  5. Yamiche obtained her master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University (NYU)
  6. President Trump has repeatedly berated her for asking questions he doesn't like but Yamiche always keeps her cool
  7. She is an expert in the intersection of race and politics
  8. She has worked for the New York Times and USA Today covering national breaking news stories
  9. In 2013 the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) named her the "Emerging Journalist of The Year"
  10. She is the daughter of Haitian immigrants

To paraphrase the words of Forever First Lady Michelle Obama...When they go low, Yamiche goes high!

Thank you for all you’re doing Yamiche. We honor you!

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