Washington Post reporter Robert Costa will replace the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the PBS political show "Washington Week," the network announced Thursday.
Costa, former Washington editor of the National Review magazine, frequently appeared on "Washington Week" as a guest since 2014, said PBS. He also served as a guest moderator.
Ifill, who had served as moderator and managing editor for "Washington Week" since 1999, died last November of cancer, reported National Public Radio. She also hosted PBS NewsHour from 2013 until her death.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to join the 'Washington Week' team," Costa said in a letter to "Washington Week" viewers on the PBS website. "Like you, I've long appreciated the program's rich legacy, integrity and commitment to providing viewers with informed analysis of the biggest stories.
"I am, first and foremost, a news reporter. Like my colleagues, I spend most of my days roaming through the Capitol and the White House picking up tidbits of information to share with the public. As reporters, we are highly competitive, each of us working to break the next scoop."
Costa graduated from the University of Notre Dame and joined the Post in 2014 after working at the National Review, per the Washington Post. Costa said that he considered Ifill a friend and mentor.
"I met Gwen when I was a first-time guest on 'Washington Week' in 2014 and she told me about her values, a conversation I'll always remember. Gwen became a treasured friend and mentor to me, as she had become to many journalists throughout Washington and across the country."
"… Gwen loved politics, her colleagues and her viewers. It is deeply humbling to follow her as moderator. Her spirit and love for 'Washington Week' will guide us now and long into the future."
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