Washington Post political reporter Robert Costa has been named the new Moderator of PBS’s “Washington Week,” a seat formerly filled by iconic journalist Gwen Ifill.
Ifill passed away on November 2016 at 61 after a battle with cancer. Several guest moderators, including Costa, have filled in on a temporary basis. Costa will keep his gig at the Washington Post, reporting daily on Congress and the White House.
Costa’s first episode as the full-time “Washington Week” moderator airs tonight on PBS.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to moderate a program with such a rich legacy, integrity and a commitment to providing viewers with informed analysis of the biggest stories. It is more important than ever for reporters to have a gathering place for non-partisan and lively conversations, and I am grateful to both WETA and The Post for their support,” Costa said in a statement.
Costa continued: “It’s also deeply humbling to follow Gwen, who was a friend and mentor to me and so many journalists. Her spirit and love for ‘Washington Week’ will guide us now and long into the future.”
Costa will be the eighth moderator in “Washington Week’s” 50-year history. He will also continue to serve as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
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