What happened to Robert Costa? Why did he leave Washington Week?

Leigh McManus May 5, 2021
What happened to Robert Costa? Why did he leave Washington Week?

What happened to Robert Costa? Yamiche Alcindor has been named host of Washington Week on PBS, prompting questions about the former anchor’s exit. Why did Costa leave Washington Week and what is he doing now?

Who is Robert Costa?

Robert Costa is an American journalist from Richmond, Virginia. The 35-year-old is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and the former moderator of Washington Week on PBS.

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The son of attorneys, Costa earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

Costa started carving a name for himself with his widely praised coverage during the United States federal government shutdown in 2013.

The only way was up after being described as “the Golden Boy”. Costa joined The Washington Post in late 2013 and officially in January 2014.

Costa was named a political analyst for both NBC and MSNBC in December 2015. He was acquired exclusively by the network and again his work during the government shutdown was cited.

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Five months after the death of influential host Gwen Ifil in November 2016, Costa was announced as the permanent moderator of the long-running Washington Week news magazine program on PBS.

So, what happened to Robert Costa? Why did he leave Washington Week?

Viewers of Washington Week, the longest-running primetime news and public affairs program on television, started to notice Costa’s absence after the 8 pm broadcast on Friday, 1 January, 2021.

What happened to Robert Costa? Why was he suddenly absent from the show he had been the face of for three years?

Costa had by this point already announced he would be leaving the show to co-write a book with renowned journalist and long-time mentor Bob Woodward. Costa is also on leave from his position at The Washington Post.

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The journalist tweeted in mid-December 2020, saying: “I’m now on book leave, working with @realBobWoodward. I’ll be away from daily print coverage, television, and Twitter for some time. All is well, just focused on the book. Thanks for supporting our reporting.”

Publishers Weekly say the book will “examine the last days of the Trump presidency and the beginning of the Biden administration”.

PBS and WETA-TV, the Washington affiliate that produces Washington Week, announced the appointment of Costa’s replacement, 34-year-old Yamiche Alcindor, on Tuesday.

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Leigh is a 26-year-old journalist from the north of Ireland. He studied International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned a 2:1 grade. He has worked for Mail Online and has experience with the Liverpool Echo, Irish Mirror and SWNS. Leigh is also a huge music fan and has his own show on a community radio station.