Jonathan Capehart

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Jonathan Capehart
Born (1967-07-02) July 2, 1967 (age 52)[1][2]
Alma materCarleton College
EmployerThe Washington Post
Spouse(s)Nick Schmit
  • Pulitzer Prize (Unnamed in Best Editorial Writing, 1999)
  • Esteem Honoree (2011)

Jonathan T. Capehart (born July 2, 1967) 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 Newark, New Jersey, and attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School.[4][5] He is a graduate of Carleton College.[6][7]


Before his work with The Washington Post and MSNBC, Capehart was a researcher for NBC's The Today Show.[5][8] 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.[5] 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.[9][10][11] In 2002, he returned to the NYDN, serving as deputy editor of the editorial page until 2004.[9] In December 2004, Capehart joined the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton as a Senior Vice President and senior counselor of public affairs.[5]

He joined the staff of The Washington Post as a journalist and editorial board member in 2007.[12] He currently serves in that capacity, in addition to being a contributing commentator for MSNBC.[7]

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.[5][8]

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.[12]


Capehart has analyzed how, in concurrence with the work of Jonathan Metzl, white identity affects state-based policy making in the US, such as gun rights in Missouri and health care in Tennessee.[13]

Personal life

In May 2016, Capehart became engaged to his boyfriend of over five years, Nick Schmit, who was the assistant chief of protocol at the State Department.[14] On January 7, 2017, Capehart and Schmit were married by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder.[15]


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Mr. Capehart". MSNBC. July 4, 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Carleton College". Media Relations.
  3. ^ "Jonathan Capehart: Opinion Writer". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Seiden, Jane. "Jonathan Capehart Will Speak at the Newark Public Library", Newark Patch, January 22, 2016. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Mr. Capehart, a Washington Post editorial board member, PostPartisan blogger, and MSNBC contributor, was born and raised in Newark and graduated from St. Benedict’s Preparatory School."
  5. ^ 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. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Alumni Pages:Capehart, Jonathan. Class of 1990". Carleton College. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Click:Jonathan Capehart". Politico. 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Jonathan Capehart". David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Gordon, Meryl (November 19, 2001). "The Winner's Circle". New York. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Capehart". Center for American Progress. June 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "2011 Honorees". The Esteem Awards. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Jonathan Capehart (January 28, 2020). "How white identity permeates policymaking outside of Washington". The Washington Post. Jonathan Metzl chillingly shows how white identity permeates present-day policymaking making outside of Washington.
  14. ^ Allen, Mike; Lippmann, Daniel (May 23, 2016). "PROGRESSIVES LOSING PATIENCE with Bernie -- ET TU, LINDSEY? Graham caves, backs Trump – TRUMP PASSES CLINTON in Real Clear average -- MICHELLE FIELDS' new gig -- JONATHAN CAPEHART engaged -- NEIL IRWIN married". Politico. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  15. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (January 13, 2017). "Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit: One Transition Speeds Another". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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