Josh White is Education Editor for The Washington Post. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for the 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.