NOMINEE: Yamiche Alcindor

CREATOR: Soledad O’Brien
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor attends The Root 100 gala at Guastavino's on November 9, 2017 in New York City. Photo Illustration by Gluekit; Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty

“She is a young woman poised for a massive breakthrough, and I say that recognizing that she's had many already.” O'Brien is talking about Yamiche Alcindor, a national political reporter for The New York Times who covers the impact of President Donald Trump's policies on working-class people and people of color. In mid-January, she'll join PBS NewsHour as the White House correspondent.

Alcindor, who was raised in Miami by Haitian immigrants, first caught O'Brien's eye a few years ago when O'Brien was a guest lecturer in her class at New York University. “She clearly had an interesting take on the stories she wanted to cover: heavy-duty data-mining and reporting, but around issues of social justice and equity, which is the kind of reporting that I like to do,” O'Brien says. Since then, Alcindor worked as a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled the country covering the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, and the police-related protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. At the Times, she followed the presidential campaigns of Senator Bernie Sanders and Trump.

“She has a very good gut for those things that matter—and will matter over the years,” O'Brien says. “She has a bit of an immigrant mentality, as I think I did. Her mother is Haitian. My mom is Cuban, my dad Australian. There's some element of this hustle, this ‘figure it out and make it work,' which is a very good skill for a reporter.”

CREATOR: Soledad O'Brien

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Soledad O'Brien brought the events of the era into American living rooms from her perch as an anchor and award-winning journalist with NBC and CNN. Today, she runs her own media production and distribution company, Starfish Media Group, which focuses on documentaries and docu-series on race, class, wealth and poverty.

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Soledad O’Brien Photo Illustration by Gluekit; Photo by Starfish Media Group

About Women of the Future

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