Jonathan Capehart

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Jonathan Capehart
Born July 2, 1967[1][2]
Alma mater Carleton College
Occupation Journalist
Employer The Washington Post

Jonathan T. Capehart is an American journalist and television personality. He writes for The Washington Post's PostPartisan blog and is a contributor for MSNBC.[3]


Capehart grew up in New Jersey, and attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School.[4] He is a graduate of Carleton College.[5][6]


Prior to his work with the Washington Post and MSNBC, Capehart was a researcher for NBC's The Today Show.[4][7] Subsequently, he worked for the New York Daily News (NYDN), serving as a member of its editorial board from 1993 to 2000. At the time of his hiring, Capehart was youngest-ever member of that newspaper's editorial board.[4] In 2000, he left the NYDN to work at Bloomberg News and afterward, he advised and wrote speeches for Michael Bloomberg during Bloomberg's 2001 run for the mayoralty of New York City.[8][9][10] In 2002, he returned to the NYDN, serving as deputy editor of the editorial page until 2004.[8] In December 2004, Capehart joined the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton as a Senior Vice President and senior counselor of public affairs.[4]

He joined the staff of the Washington Post as a journalist and editorial board member in 2007.[11] He currently serves in that capacity, in addition to being a contributing commentator for MSNBC.[6]

In 2013, Capehart refused to comment on a race discrimination lawsuit against the Washington Post that was uncovered by journalist Evan Gahr.[12] Gahr labeled Capehart one of the Washington Post-MSNBC fixtures who regularly accuse Republicans and conservatives of racism but were "suddenly quieter than deaf mutes about a lawsuit alleging race discrimination at their own paper." [13]


Capehart was a key contributor to a New York Daily News editorial team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for Best Editorial Writing. The award was for a series of editorials regarding Harlem's Apollo Theater.[4][7]

He was a 2011 Esteem Honoree, a distinction given to individuals in recognition of efforts in supporting the African American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.[11]