The Washington Post‘s political reporter Robert Costa has been appointed as the moderator for PBS’s politics discussion show Washington Week.
Costa, who has roots in conservative media, having previously worked at National Review and The Wall Street Journal, will replace the veteran broadcaster, Gwen Ifill, who died of cancer last November.
In a letter published on the PBS website, Costa described it as “an honor and a privilege” to replace Ifill, as well as paying tribute to Ifill’s career in journalism.
“Washington Week is a treasured resource for so many viewers who value civil conversation and who care about how our democracy works. The past moderators of the program, and most especially Gwen Ifill, earned the trust and affection of a large and loyal audience” Costa said.
“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,” he continued.
In the new role, Costa will moderate discussions between the show’s guests, a job he has filled in for since Ifill’s death, becoming Washington Week‘s eighth moderator since its conception 50 years ago.
“We are delighted that Robert Costa is joining our WETA Washington Week team,” said WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller. “An enormously accomplished reporter and analyst, Bob’s depth of reporting is part of our Washington Week tradition. The sense of urgency, curiosity and thoroughness that infuses his incisive work, and his enthusiasm for politics, well serves Washington Week, which is a Friday-night staple for public television viewers who value a deeply substantive discussion.”
The 31-year-old will carry on in his role as White House Correspondent for The Washington Post, as well as political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.