Washington Week

Washington Week—previously Washington Week in Review—is an American public affairs television program, which has aired on PBS and its predecessor, National Educational Television, since 1967. Unlike other panel discussion shows which encourage informal (sometimes vociferous) debates as a means of presentation, Washington Week consistently follows a path of civility and moderation. Its format is that of a roundtable featuring the show's moderator between two and four Washington-based journalists. Its current weekly moderator is Robert Costa.

Washington Week
Created byGwen Ifill
Presented by
Narrated byPaul Anthony
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons50
No. of episodesover 2,000
Production location(s)Washington, D.C.
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)WETA-TV
Original networkNET (1967–1970)
PBS (1970–present)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 23, 1967 (1967-02-23) 
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Washington Week in Review was first broadcast on February 23, 1967, on NET and was picked up by PBS in 1970. Since moving to PBS, Washington Week has used a panel discussion format moderated by a host. Washington Week is on PBS's national primetime lineup. Because of the subscriber nature of PBS, local presentation of Washington Week is scheduled by individual stations, and air times vary by market. The most common airing pattern is the show leading off primetime on Friday evenings with weekend afternoon encores on most PBS member stations, and several airings per week on PBS World. The program is produced by WETA-TV in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Washington Week made an agreement with National Journal which ensured that at least one National Journal reporter would be on the show.[2] This agreement is no longer in effect. Panelists come from various national media organizations.

Gwen Ifill was the host from the time Ken Bode was fired in 1999[3] until her death on November 14, 2016. A successor was not announced immediately. It was Ifill who shortened the name of the program when she took over, as a sign that "the show would spend more time looking forward."[4] On April 20, 2017, WETA announced that Robert Costa of the Washington Post would become the next moderator of Washington Week.[5] Since its first episode in 1967, the program's announcer has been Paul Anthony.

Notable personalities


Regular panelists

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See also


  1. "American Journalism Review". ajrarchive.org. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. "washington-week"-forges-editorial-partnership-national-journal "'Washington Week' Forges Editorial Partnership with 'National Journal'" (Press release). WETA. April 29, 2005. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  3. Kurtz, Howard (February 23, 1999). "Ken Bode's Bad 'Washington Week'". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings, LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  4. Ifill, Gwen (November 30, 2006). "Washington Week". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  5. "Meet Robert Costa, new Washington Week moderator". PBS.org. April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  6. "Washington Week: Mark Landler". PBS. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  7. "harrison kinney bio". harrisonkinney.com. Archived from the original on 20 March 2003. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
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