Joanna Byrne | February 16, 2019
Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, Robert Costa has become a national political reporter for the Washington Post, a political analyst for NBC News, and the host of television show “Washington Week” on PBS. He considers his time abroad in London a formative experience that helped shape his entire career.
“It drew me closer to politics, journalism, and history,” says Costa. “It led to so many things in my life which have been, in short, life changing.”
From day one at Notre Dame, Costa knew that he wanted to take part in the London Program. While in middle school, his family had moved to a town called Iver in Buckinghamshire, just outside of London, and he remembers falling in love with the city.
“I’ve always enjoyed London,” says Costa. “There’s so much history, it’s just a fascinating place.”
Costa also knew he wanted to take advantage of the internship program that London offered. He considered applying for a post with his now employer, NBC, but decided to go for the parliamentary internship at the House of Commons. This decision proved to be pivotal, giving Costa an up-close view of British politics and a deeper appreciation for the importance of debate.
“To see debates up close, to be so close to power, to see politics in action, whetted my appetite,” he says. “It brought me closer to deciding to be a journalist, to be someone who covers politics up close.”
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