Josh White

Josh White is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post’s Metro section. Josh joined the Post in 1998 and for six years worked on the Virginia staff, where he reported on police and courts in Prince William County. He was one of the lead reporters on the Washington-area sniper case and led coverage of John Allen Muhammad’s capital murder trial. In addition to covering numerous capital cases and drug-related offenses, Josh has witnessed two executions by electric chair in Virginia’s death chamber.

Josh moved to the Post’s National desk in April 2004, and as a military correspondent he covered the Pentagon, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military criminal justice, and the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2004 and again in 2006, Josh was embedded with U.S. troops fighting in Iraq. In addition to several trips to Guantanamo Bay, Josh was among a handful of reporters who covered Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s first courtroom appearance there in 2008.

In October 2008, Josh returned to the Metro section, where he has worked as a regional investigative reporter focusing on law enforcement. His investigations have included the Maryland State Police’s surveillance of protest groups, the mishandling of bodies at a Northern Virginia funeral home, a former Manassas high school teacher’s 30-year trail of abuse that spanned the globe, the search for and ultimate arrest of the “East Coast Rapist”, and the lasting effects of sexual abuse by a youth director at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Josh also serves as a Metro weekend editor.

Josh contributed to the Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, and he was on Post teams in 2005 and 2006 that were Pulitzer finalists for coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses and the U.S. government’s war on terrorism. Discussing his Post reporting, Josh has appeared on numerous news broadcasts, including segments on BBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, PBS, and PBS Frontline.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Josh has a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he was editor of the Michigan Daily. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and daughter.

Latest by Josh White

East Coast Rapist gets life terms for ’01 attack

East Coast Rapist gets life terms for  ’01 attack

Aaron Thomas, already serving three life sentences, was sentenced for attack in Leesburg apartment.

East Coast Rapist sentenced to life
in prison for 2009 Virginia attack

East Coast Rapist sentenced to life<br>in prison for 2009 Virginia attack

Aaron Thomas, 41, raped numerous women in several states over two decades.

My interviews with evil men

My interviews with evil men

The dark corners of notorious minds.

Kevin Ricks, former Manassas teacher, sentenced to 20 more years in prison

Kevin Ricks, former Manassas teacher, sentenced to 20 more years in prison

Ricks, who abused numerous boys over three decades, will be behind bars into his late 80s.