Chris L. Jenkins

Chris L. Jenkins is an assistant Local editor at The Washington Post. He supervises The Post’s criminal justice reporters and local freelance community journalists and columnists. Most recently he served as interim managing editor for The and was co-founder and editor of TheRootDC, The Washington Post’s micro-site that focused on the Washington area’s African-American community.

Chris came to The Post in 2000 and immediately began covering local politics, development and the emerging Hispanic community in Prince William County. In 2004, Chris moved to The Post’s Richmond bureau and as a political reporter covered the Virginia statehouse, state social policy issues and the 2005 Virginia gubernatorial campaign. In 2007, Chris contributed to The Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. As a regional social policy reporter, his stories on the Virginia mental health system sparked changes to state law; he was also one of the lead reporters on the paper’s coverage of the early impacts of the Great Recession. Chris is also the executive producer of the award winning video series, “BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men.”

Discussing his Post reporting, Chris has been on numerous news broadcasts including WAMU, WCVE and NPR. A native New Yorker, he lives in Northwest Washington.