David Nakamura

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the Justice Department and civil rights.

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 and covered the Obama and Trump White Houses.
Latest from David Nakamura

Prosecutor says gunman in Pittsburgh synagogue killings hunted victims

Federal prosecutors sketched out their case against Robert G. Bowers, who is accused of killing 11 people in 2018 in the nation's deadliest antisemitic attack.

May 30, 2023

White House releases national strategy to counter antisemitism

Biden administration officials pledged to increase efforts to combat antisemitism by increasing public awareness and encouraging the reporting of hate crimes.

May 25, 2023

Pittsburgh confronts antisemitism as Tree of Life shooting trial nears

As the trial of Robert D. Bowers begins in the shooting deaths of 11 people, residents confront the complicated legacy of the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.

May 20, 2023

    What to know about the Tree of Life synagogue shooting trial

    Jury selection began on April 24 for the trial of Robert D. Bowers, who is accused of carrying out the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history.

    April 25, 2023

    Tree of Life synagogue shooting trial begins in Pittsburgh

    Robert Bowers, 50, is charged with hate crimes and gun-related offenses in the mass shooting that killed 11 in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.

    April 24, 2023

    Former president Donald Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts

    In a moment unprecedented in U.S. history, a former president was fingerprinted and arraigned on criminal charges.

    April 4, 2023

    Seattle police met many 2012 consent decree goals, U.S. says

    The Justice Dept. said the Seattle Police Department has made substantial progress toward achieving the requirements of a 2012 federal consent decree

    March 28, 2023

    Philadelphia to pay nearly $10 million to settle police misconduct suit

    Civil rights groups announced a settlement with the city over the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of tear gas and other tactics on protesters.

    March 20, 2023

    For Asian Americans, thrill of Oscars offset by rising anti-Asian hate

    Many Asian Americans cheered the historic success of "Everything Everywhere All at Once." But hate crimes targeting Asian Americans are at a three-decade high.

    March 16, 2023

    Hate crimes in U.S. rose to highest level in 2021, FBI says

    New data shows there were 10,840 bias-motivated crimes across the United States in 2021, the most in three decades, according to federal officials.

    March 13, 2023