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Yamiche Alcindor reports on this ‘traumatized generation’ and Donald Trump

Yamiche Alcindor via Twitter (@Yamiche)

Yamiche Alcindor via Twitter (@Yamiche)

Yamiche Alcindor
National Politics and Social Justice Reporter
The New York Times

New York University, M.A.
Georgetown University, B.A.

A few years ago, Yamiche Alcindor was presented with the Emerging Journalist of the Year award by the National Association of Black Journalists. Leaders of the organization affectionately refer to her as an “NABJ baby,” but Alcindor, who is currently covering the election campaign for the New York Times, reports like a seasoned veteran.

When asked about the pressures of covering Donald Trump campaign events, Alcindor responded that she feels it is a privilege to be able to cover the elections and said she didn’t feel threatened covering Trump rallies. Instead, she approaches them with curiosity and asks his supporters to “Tell me why you mad.”

Reporting is not without its stresses, however. During a recent panel discussion, she said, “We have a traumatized generation, and somewhere in all of this that story needs to be told.”

The Path

While in college, Alcindor interned at the Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and Mmegi, a Botswanan newspaper. After working for two years at Newsday, Alcindor became a multimedia journalist for USA TODAY. Soon after arriving there, unarmed Trayvon Martin was killed and she traveled to Florida to cover the story. It would be the beginning of her journey of reporting on the brutalization of Black people.


Upon announcing Alcindor’s selection as Emerging Journalist of the Year, then NABJ president, Gregory Lee, Jr. stated, “It is inspiring to see young journalists like Yamiche take advantage of every opportunity presented them to learn, to grow, and to thrive. This is surely just the beginning of what will be a richly rewarding career for a talented young woman.” Indeed.

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