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

Leigh Ann Caldwell, Dana Milbank and Jennifer Rubin on the FBI's search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell, Dana Milbank and Jennifer Rubin about the FBI’s search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and the results of the Inflation Reduction Act House vote. Conversation recorded on Friday, August 12, 2022.

August 12, 2022

The Midwest mayor fighting gun violence and defending abortion

In this Washington Post Live conversation from Aug. 4, Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Mo., discusses his leadership role in the big Midwest city, his efforts to protect abortion in neighboring Kansas and how to reduce gun violence by keeping gun manufacturers accountable.

August 9, 2022

Liz Cheney is the Obi-Wan to Trump’s Darth Vader

Cutting Cheney down makes her more powerful than Trump and his enablers can possibly imagine.

August 8, 2022

Amber Phillips, George Will and Ruth Marcus on Tuesday's primary results and abortion politics

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Amber Phillips, George Will and Ruth Marcus on Tuesday’s primary results and former president Donald Trump’s influence on candidates he endorsed. Conversation recorded on Friday, August 5, 2022.

August 5, 2022

Josh Hawley’s problem with masculinity

Who doesn’t like a manhood-obsessed hypocrite getting a well-deserved public comeuppance?

August 3, 2022

Heather McGhee on how to move past racist ‘zero sum politics’ and prosper together

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 21, author Heather McGhee discusses her best-selling book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together,” and her new podcast series that continues her cross-country examination of the economic and social costs of racism.

August 2, 2022

Jeff Stein, Josh Rogin and Jennifer Rubin on how the economy will impact the midterms

On Washington Post Live’s “First Look,” associate editor Jonathan Capehart speaks with The Post’s Jeff Stein, Josh Rogin and Jennifer Rubin about how the economy will affect the midterm elections, the future of the GOP and Nancy Pelosi’s possible trip to Taiwan. Conversation recorded on Friday, July 29, 2022.

July 29, 2022

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 new 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.

July 26, 2022

Save the Biden agenda from Joe Manchin

The midterms are President Biden's only hope for a true Democratic majority in the Senate.

July 19, 2022

Tonya Lewis Lee on ‘Aftershock’ and America’s Black maternal mortality crisis

In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 6, filmmaker Tonya Lewis Lee discusses her new documentary “Aftershock,” racial disparities in maternal mortality rates and how Black women have affected reproductive care in the United States.

July 19, 2022