Jonathan Capehart

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog and hosts the “Cape Up” podcast. He is also an MSNBC Contributor, who regularly serves as a substitute anchor, and has served as a guest host on “Midday on WNYC” on New York Public Radio.

Capehart is a regular moderator of panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival and for the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress and at the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund. He has also moderated sessions at the Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum and for the Connecticut Forum.

Between his column, podcast, panel moderating and substitute hosting, Capehart has interviewed important political leaders and cultural icons. Among them include, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney GeneralEric Holder, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Independent presidential candidateEvan McMullin. Capehart has also interviewed actor Mark Hamill, actress Sonia Braga, jazz greats Wynton Marsalis and Nancy Wilson, Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz, dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and Bravo television’s Andy Cohen.

In September 2014, the Advocate magazine ranked Capehart 9th out of 50 of the most influential LGBT people in media. In December 2014, Mediaite named him one of the “Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News.” Equality Forum made him a 2018 LGBT History Month Icon in October. In May 2018, the publisher of the Washington Post awarded him an “Outstanding Contribution Award” for his opinion writing and “Cape Up” podcast interviews.

Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004, and served on that paper's editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart left the Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News, and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first successful campaign for New York City mayor.



Jonathan Capehart appears in the following:

The Year Of Clinton and Giuliani — How 1993 Helped Give Us The World of 2023: Part Five, Editorial Board

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Jonathan Capehart, Harry Siegel and Ruth Messinger on how much we're living with the effects of 1990s policies and trends today.

Thursday Morning Politics: Cops, Pride and Police Reform in Congress

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Jonathan Capehart, talks about the decision to exclude uniformed cops from the NYC Pride March, and where the infrastructure and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act bills stand.

Friday Morning Politics: Jonathan Capehart on the Chauvin Verdict & Police Reform

Friday, April 23, 2021

Jonathan Capehart breaks down this week in national politics. 

Thursday Morning Politics, With Jonathan Capehart

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Jonathan Capehart shares his analysis of the COVID relief bill talks, the election and more. 

Recapping The 2nd Night Of RNC

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What did the second night of the RNC look like for the Trump campaign?

DNC Recap: Day Two

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Washington Post op-ed columnist Jonathan Capehart takes us through the highlights from the second night of the Democratic National Convention. 

A Tale of Two Rallies

Monday, June 22, 2020

On the same day as Trump's in-person rally in Tulsa, The Poor People's Campaign convened a virtual rally to set an agenda to address systemic injustices. 

What Biden's VP Pick Could Mean for Black Americans

Monday, June 08, 2020

Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart on all that's riding on Biden's VP pick. 

Joe Biden’s Black Support

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Super Tuesday primary results suggests Biden’s black support is deeper and wider than many could see.  

Bernie vs. Everybody

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

In last night's Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders got the front-runner treatment. 

Modern Day Media Strategy

Monday, January 20, 2020

A panel featuring Washington Post opinion writer and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, NPR national correspondent Hansi Lo Wang and Rashad Robinson, President of Color of Change.


Where We Go From Here

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The impact of the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is still being processed.

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What Happened. What's Next?

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Jeff Sessions stepped down. What are the implications moving forward?

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The Night We've All Been Waiting For

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

It's election Tuesday. The midterm results are coming in slowly as Americans wait with baited breaths.

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Ask a Pollster: What's Going to Happen?

Monday, November 05, 2018

We all want to know: What's going to happen tomorrow?

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Moving Forward and Back to the State Races

Thursday, October 25, 2018

We’re getting field reports from key battleground states tonight.

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When Everybody Gets a Bomb Threat

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We discuss bomb threats.

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Pollsters and Voter Turnout

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pollsters look into their data crystal ball and let us know what might happen.

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To Impeach or Not To Impeach

Monday, October 22, 2018

Former President Obama is on the campaign trail in Nevada. And billionaire Tom Steyer wants Trump out of office.

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Voter Purges, New Voters and The Black Vote

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Who needs to vote? But who gets to vote? And why is the stock market plunging?