Jonathan Capehart

  • Washington Post Editorial Board Member and Anchor of the PostPartisan Opinion Blog
  • MSNBC Contributor
  • Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Washington Post editorial board and an MSNBC contributor.

In addition to his work now at The Washington Post, Capehart is a daily presence on MSNBC, either as a guest on shows such as Now, The Last Word and Morning Joe or as a substitute anchor on The Cycle, The Reid Report and Melissa Harris-Perry. He also occasionally substitute hosts on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC radio, which has afforded him the opportunity to interview a wide range of guests from former Secretary of State James Baker to jazz great Nancy Wilson. 

 
  

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Jonathan Capehart speaks on a multitude of topics, including:

An insider's view of the Obama administration, national politics and how Washington works now The impact of the Tea Party on the Republican Party and national politics. The democratization of information: how the Internet changed the news cycle, how we get our news and how we relate ...

  • An insider's view of the Obama administration, national politics and how Washington works now
  • The impact of the Tea Party on the Republican Party and national politics.
  • The democratization of information: how the Internet changed the news cycle, how we get our news and how we relate to each other
  • The state of the gay rights movement: the 2013 Supreme Court case that invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act accelerated an already remarkable level of acceptance of civil rights for gay Americans 

He also offers a motivational speech about the four important lessons that he has learned since college graduation

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Biography

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board and an MSNBC contributor.

At The Washington Post, Capehart is the anchor of the PostPartisan blog where he writes about national politics and social issues. Capehart has written and continues to write about the impact of the Tea Party on the Republican Party and national politics. He predicted that the 2011 fight over the budget was a harbinger of things to come over the debt ceiling later that year and in 2012. He’s a leading voice on gay rights, writing on everything from the ending of “don’t ask, don’t tell” to the pursuit of marriage equality. And Capehart’s persistent pieces on the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin helped keep the story in the public eye long after the media moved on to the next big story before the 2013 trial. 

The New Jersey native’s newspaper career started on the Editorial Board of the New York Daily News. From his arrival in 1993 until his departure in 2000, Capehart covered the city, state and national issues and politics that were important to New York City. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem earned him and the Board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.

Capehart left New York Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News and took a leave of absence from that position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser on his first successful campaign for Mayor in 2001. But he would return to New York Daily News as deputy editorial page editor from 2002 to 2004.

In addition to his work now at The Washington Post, Capehart is a daily presence on MSNBC, either as a guest on shows such as Now, The Last Word and Morning Joe or as a substitute anchor on The Cycle, The Reid Report and Melissa Harris-Perry. He also occasionally substitute hosts on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC radio, which has afforded him the opportunity to interview a wide range of guests from former Secretary of State James Baker to jazz great Nancy Wilson. Capehart was also a member of the reporters roundtable on ABC News’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos in 2008-2009.

A skilled and sought-after moderator, Capehart has led panel discussions on national politics and social issues at the Center for American Progress, the Council on Foundations, the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Ford Foundation. Last October, he moderated a panel on global disruptions at the Atlantic Dialogues conference of the German Marshall Fund in Morocco. Also last summer, Capehart guided a discussion for The Connecticut Forum on coming out with tennis great Martina Navratilova, columnist Dan Savage and former Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson.

Capehart was named one of 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2002. He is an alum of the Japan America Young Leaders Project, the Council for the United States and Italy and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Transatlantic Forum between the United States and Germany. Capehart received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, MN.