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PRSA Announces Award-winning Journalist Yamiche Alcindor To Be Keynote Speaker at ICON 2021

Jun. 3, 2021

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NEW YORK, June 3PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, announced today that award-winning journalist Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent, “PBS NewsHour;” Moderator of “Washington Week;” and NBC and MSNBC Political Contributor, will be a keynote speaker at ICON 2021, to be held Oct. 17-19 in Orlando, Florida.

“One of my favorite things at ICON is getting the chance for us to put our collective brains together and discuss the myriad issues we all face as communicators,” said Michelle Olson, APR, 2021 PRSA Chair. “Disinformation, the lack of civility and the search for common ground are among the topics we struggle with personally and professionally, and Yamiche’s distinctive blend of award-winning reporting and insightful analysis will help provide us all with a welcome sense of clarity. We are looking forward to hearing from and engaging with her live and in-person at this year’s conference.”

The recipient of the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage as well as the 2020 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award, Alcindor’s knack for following the story has taken her to places like Belgium for the 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting and to Helsinki, Finland, for President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She has also traveled to McAllen, Texas, to chronicle life on the US/Mexico border as well as to Jackson, Mississippi to write about the impact of racial inequalities and poverty in America.

As a MSNBC contributor, Alcindor often appears on shows such as Morning Joe, Meet the Press, and Andrea Mitchell Reports. Earlier in her career, she was a national reporter for The New York Times, writing about politics and social issues, and a journalist with USA Today, writing about criminal justice and fast breaking stories.

The daughter of Haitian immigrants who met while attending Boston College, Alcindor has written extensively on the intersection of race and politics. She has covered the impact of President Trump’s policies on the working-class, immigration and breaking news coming out of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has also reported on the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, the legacy of President Obama as well as how police killings affect communities and children.

She 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.

Registration is now open for ICON 2021, which will include both in-person and virtual programming and events. Click here to register and for additional details.

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