Primetime at Adelphi
Joining Adelphi will be two special guests to discuss politics surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
Will President Trump be able to win a second term in the White House? Or will former Vice President, Democrat Joe Biden be able to beat the incumbent? Join us for a lively evening of discussion with media experts on US politics, National Political Reporter for The Washington Post, Robert Costa and White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, Yamiche Alcindor, who will discuss politics surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
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This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
This event is sponsored by The William E. Simon Lecture in American Civilization and Values.
About the Speakers
Robert Costa is a National Political Reporter for The Washington Post, where he has been a journalist since 2014. Covering the White House, Congress, and national campaigns, Costa demystifies the inner workings of American democracy, using revealing and vivid anecdotes to take readers behind the scenes as he paints a riveting portrait of the key players, policies, and moments shaping political news.
Costa’s coverage of the Trump presidency and his sourcing at the highest levels has drawn wide notice. As Philadelphia Magazine wrote, “He’s the guy Trump called to say that the health care bill was dead.”
And with a no-frills interview style, Costa regularly hosts notable, in-depth newsmaker interviews for Washington Post Live. Recent guests have included Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senior White House policy advisors, numerous Democratic presidential candidates, and some of the nation’s top governors and mayors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Costa has also become one of the most recognizable faces of news as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he regularly appears on “Meet the Press,” “Morning Joe,” and “The 11th Hour” to share his latest reporting.
As Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week since 2017, the Peabody Award-winning news analysis series on PBS, he has increased the show’s ratings with his sharp questions and political insights. The Associated Press has called the national program “satisfyingly wonkish… and amid a TV sea of partisan megaphones and questions about journalism’s role, especially important.”
A native of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Costa earned a master’s degree in 2009 from the University of Cambridge, where he focused on politics. A year earlier, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as a member of the board of trustees from 2014 to 2017.
Yamiche Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often tells stories about the intersection of race and politics.
At PBS, she has directly questioned President Trump a number of times on a range of issues including the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on black people and communities of color, the protests following the death of George Floyd, and the consequences of President Trump’s immigration policies. She has also traveled extensively for her beat including to places like Belgium for the 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting, to Helsinki, Finland as President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and to McAllen, Texas to chronicle life on the border of the United States and Mexico and the impact of President Trump’s family separation policy.
As a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, she often appears on a number of shows including Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell Reports, and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.
Previously, Alcindor worked as a national political reporter for The New York Times where she covered the presidential campaigns of Mr. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Congress. She also wrote about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies on working class people and people of color.
Before joining The Times, she was a national breaking news reporter for USA Today and traveled across the country to cover stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. and the police related protests in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md.
In 2020, the White House Correspondents’ Association named Alcindor the recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. She has also been honored with the Gwen Ifill Next Generation Award by Simmons University and NextGen Leader Award by the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance.
Alcindor earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, government and African American studies from Georgetown University. A native of Miami, Fla., Alcindor is married to a fellow journalist and is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College.
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