Jonathan Capehart

Washington, D.C.

Opinion columnist focusing on the intersection of social and cultural issues and politics

Education: Carleton College, BA in Political Science.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart has been a member of The Washington Post editorial board since 2007. He writes about politics and social issues, hosts the podcast “Capehart” (formerly named “Cape Up”) and anchors the weekly Washington Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on “The Choice MSNBC” on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service. Capehart is also an MSNBC contributor and the anchor of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.” His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated in 2021 for an Emmy for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis. At PBS, Capehart serves as a commentator on “The PBS NewsHour” and is featured on the popular Friday segment
Latest from Jonathan Capehart

First Look for January 27 with The Post’s John Hudson, Megan McArdle and E.J. Dionne

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” opinions editor-at-large Michael Duffy speaks with The Post’s John Hudson, Megan McArdle and E.J. Dionne about efforts to increase military aid to Ukraine, whether a recession is looming and potential Republican presidential candidates. Conversation recorded on Friday, January 27, 2023.

January 27, 2023

Best of: Wes Moore on becoming Maryland’s first African American governor

In this conversation first recorded for Washington Post Live on Nov. 30, then-Gov.-elect Wes Moore of Maryland discusses his victory and plans for the first 100 days, the state of national politics, and how being the first African American governor of Maryland (and only the third in U.S. history) weighs on him.

January 24, 2023

First Look with Isabelle Khurshudyan, Eugene Robinson and David Von Drehle

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Eugene Robinson and David Von Drehle about the latest on the war in Ukraine and the political standoff over raising the debt ceiling. Conversation recorded on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.

January 20, 2023

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins on ‘Kindred’ and reexamining American slavery through science fiction

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on Nov. 12, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins discusses his TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel “Kindred,” why he thinks TV and movies have “damaged our ability” to understand history, and what he is ultimately trying to show about slavery.

January 18, 2023

First Look with Dan Balz, Hugh Hewitt and Ruth Marcus

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Dan Balz, Hugh Hewitt and Ruth Marcus about the review of President Biden’s classified documents and the political fallout as well as Kevin McCarthy’s first week as speaker of the House. Conversation recorded on Friday, Jan. 13, 2022.

January 13, 2023

Bill Nighy on ‘Living,’ mortality and ‘Love Actually’

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on Jan. 6, actor Bill Nighy discusses his new film “Living,” its universal themes of mortality and procrastination, and the enduring legacy of the film that put him on the map, “Love Actually.”

January 10, 2023

First Look with Marianna Sotomayor, E.J. Dionne and Jennifer Rubin

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Marianna Sotomayor, E.J. Dionne and Jennifer Rubin about the results of the speaker of the House race, the future of congressional relations and the Biden Administrations latest border policy.

January 6, 2023

Best of: Michael R. Jackson’s ‘big, Black and queer’ musical, ‘A Strange Loop’

In this Washington Post Live conversation recorded on June 9, writer Michael R. Jackson discusses his now-Tony Award-winning musical “A Strange Loop” and its decades-long journey to the stage.

January 3, 2023

Best of: Inside the personal and political life of Democratic strategist Lis Smith

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 20, veteran Democratic political strategist Lis Smith discusses her memoir, “Any Given Tuesday,” a behind-the-scenes look at the fine line between personal and professional life while working at the top of Democratic politics.

December 27, 2022

Kamala Harris had a most excellent year

The vice president is finishing a banner year filled with domestic barnstorming and high-wire diplomacy.

December 22, 2022