|Born||July 2, 1967|
|Alma mater||Carleton College|
|Employer||The Washington Post|
Before his work with The Washington Post and MSNBC, Capehart was a researcher for NBC's The Today Show. 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. 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. In 2002, he returned to the NYDN, serving as deputy editor of the editorial page until 2004. In December 2004, Capehart joined the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton as a Senior Vice President and senior counselor of public affairs.
In 2018, Capehart began guest hosting the WNYC radio show Midday on WNYC (formerly The Leonard Lopate Show).
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.
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.
In February 2016, Capehart published a false accusation against presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, alleging that the Sanders campaign had been misrepresenting a photograph showing Sanders speaking at a civil rights sit-in in the 1960s. Capehart wrote that the Sanders campaign should "stop physically placing him where he existed only in spirit," arguing that the photo showed another activist, Bruce Rappaport. The photographer/documentarian of the event, Danny Lyon, refuted this claim and revealed other photos of Sanders from the sit-in, which are not in dispute and show Sanders wearing identical clothing and eyeglasses. Many people expressed frustration with Capehart, accusing him of staging a "smear" of Sanders. Capehart never recanted his accusation, instead writing a follow-up article titled, "Bernie Sanders and the Clash of Memory." In the article, Capehart juxtaposed Lyon's testimony and photographic evidence with testimony from Rappaport's friend Bruce Stark, who is pictured in the photo, and from Randy Ross, who wasn't at the event but was married to Rappaport for 5 years.
In May 2016, Capehart became engaged to his boyfriend of over five years Nick Schmit, assistant chief of protocol at the State Department. On January 7, 2017, Capehart and Schmit were married by former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.
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