PBS has found a new moderator for its weekly political program Washington Week.
WETA, the PBS station that produces the show, says that Jeffrey Goldberg will join the program as its new moderator. Goldberg succeeds Yamiche Alcindor, who stepped aside from the long-running public affairs show earlier this year.
Goldberg has been the editor in chief of The Atlantic since 2016, and the PBS News program will be rebranded as Washington Week with The Atlantic when he officially starts on Aug. 11. WETA says that The Atlantic will join it and NewsHour Productions as an “editorial partner” on the program.
Goldberg will be the 10th moderator in Washington Week’s 56-year history. Past moderators have included Alcindor, Robert Costa, and the late Gwen Ifill. The program, which debuts new episodes on Friday evenings, has long carved out a unique niche among public affairs shows, with most others airing on Sunday mornings.
“We are thrilled to embark on this next chapter for Washington Week with the addition of Jeffrey Goldberg as moderator and The Atlantic as an editorial partner,” said Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA and President of NewsHour Productions, in a statement. “As the longest-running news and public affairs program on primetime television, Washington Week is known for its incisive and thoughtful roundtable conversations featuring the sharpest minds in news – a reputation that will only be enhanced with Jeffrey and The Atlantic joining as partners.”
“Washington Week holds a special and rare place on television, to have a space for civil and extended conversation about the issues affecting the news and our world,” Goldberg added. “Gwen built this show into an institution, continued by Robert and by Yamiche, and I’m honored to carry on this tradition as The Atlantic embarks on this partnership.”