David Nakamura

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the White House

Education: University of Missouri, bachelor of journalism

David Nakamura started at The Washington Post as a summer intern in 1992. After four years as a sports reporter, he moved to the local news staff and wrote about education in Virginia and Maryland and city government in the District. In 2004, he was part of a team that uncovered high levels of lead contamination in D.C. tap water, a series that won the 2005 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. He has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.
Latest from David Nakamura

Breonna Taylor’s death sparked police reform in Louisville. But the path forward is complicated.

A Justice Department probe is underway, while the mayor and a new police chief push their own changes.

November 21, 2021

Justice Dept. to investigate rural Alabama county with inadequate sewage systems

Civil rights probe follows long-standing complaints of failing septic tanks and sewage backups in the mostly Black county of Lowndes.

November 9, 2021

Justice Dept. launches new effort to target discriminatory lending among banks

Attorney General Merrick Garland says redlining harms minority communities and contributes to the racial wealth gap.

October 22, 2021

Facebook to pay more than $14 million in Justice Dept. settlement over discrimination against American workers

Federal authorities had charged the company with failing to properly advertise at least 2,600 jobs and consider applications from U.S. citizens.

October 19, 2021

Justice Dept. launches civil rights investigation into Texas’s juvenile detention facilities

The probe comes after local activists and media cited reports that staff members had physically and sexually abused youths in the state-run lockups.

October 13, 2021

With Trump gone, advocates flood Justice Dept. with requests to investigate police

The Biden administration says it lacks the resources needed to probe all allegations of misconduct.

October 13, 2021

Justice Dept. won’t pursue federal charges against Wis. officer in Jacob Blake shooting

Authorities cited a lack of evidence that Rusten Sheskey used excessive force during the incident, which sparked protests.

October 8, 2021

Advocacy group launches national network to combat anti-Asian hate

The Asian American Foundation announced more than $1.5 million in grants to support communities amid a reported rise in race-based incidents during the pandemic.

September 28, 2021

FBI: Killings soared nearly 30 percent in 2020, with more slayings committed with guns

Driven mostly by shootings amid the pandemic, homicides saw the highest one-year increase since such records have been kept, according to federal data.

September 27, 2021

Asian American lawmakers want quicker action from hate-crimes law

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) say public frustration with coronavirus restrictions could again increase violence.

September 20, 2021