Jonathan Capehart

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Jonathan Capehart
Born (1967-07-02) July 2, 1967 (age 47)[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]


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]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Mr. Capehart". MSNBC. 
  2. ^ "Carleton College". Media Relations. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Capehart: Opinion Writer". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Profile: H&K's Capehart climbs ladder with help from friends". PR Week via HighBeam Research (subscription required). July 18, 2005. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alumni Pages:Capehart, Jonathan. Class of 1990". Carleton College. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Click:Jonathan Capehart". Politico. 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Jonathan Capehart". David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Bugg, Sean (November 4, 2010). "Man in the Middle:Jonathan Capehart charts his own course as one of Washington's leading opinion-makers". Metro Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ Gordon, Meryl (November 19, 2001). "The Winner's Circle". New York. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Capehart". Center for American Progress. June 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "2011 Honorees". The Esteem Awards. Retrieved April 6, 2012.