David Nakamura

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David Nakamura
Washington Post journalist, David Nakamura, on a Sunshine Week panel at the Newseum, Washington DC (40671207842).jpg
Born1970/1971 (age 51–52)[1]
EducationB.A. University of Missouri

David Nakamura is an American journalist who works as the White House reporter for The Washington Post.


Nakamura is of Japanese[2] and Jewish descent[3][non-primary source needed][4][non-primary source needed] and raised in northern Virginia.[2] Being of Japanese descent, his father was interned during World War II and later served two tours during the Vietnam War.[1] His parents were both high school teachers.[2] He graduated with a B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.[5] In 1992, he worked as a summer intern for The Washington Post before accepting a full-time position as a sports reporter.[5] In 1996, he moved to Japan to teach English for a year.[2] He returned to the US where he worked on the local news team focusing on education and city government in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.[5] In 2005, he won the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting for a 2004 story on lead contamination in tap water in D.C.[5] In 2016, he received an honorable mention by the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline.[5]

He is married to Kris Schenck.[6]


  1. ^ a b Nakamura, David (June 20, 1999). "Fatherly Feelings". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b c d Nakamura, David (April 6, 2003). "Fast Times at Asakita High". The Washington Post. I signed up for the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program – run by the Japanese government, which sponsors 6,000 foreign English teachers each year – primarily because I wanted to live in the homeland of my paternal grandfather
  3. ^ Nakamura, David (December 1, 2018). "I'm half Asian and half Jewish so panel now 50-50". Twitter.
  4. ^ Nakamura, David (November 16, 2017). "When my Jewish mother liked them I knew they were 💯💯". Twitter.
  5. ^ a b c d e "David Nakamura – Washington, D.C. Reporter covering the White House". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Family Matters". Antidote to Burnout. July 28, 2006. Also this week, we are proud to announce that our oldest daughter Kristine has become engaged to be married to David Nakamura, the son of Bob and Bernie Nakamura of Vienna, Virginia.