Josh White is The Washington Post's America Desk Editor on the National Desk. He previously worked as the Education Editor. Josh joined the Post in 1998 and for six years worked on the Virginia staff, where he reported on police and courts in Prince William County. He was one of the lead reporters on the Washington-area sniper case and led coverage of John Allen Muhammad’s capital murder trial. In addition to covering numerous capital cases and drug-related offenses, Josh has witnessed two executions by electric chair in Virginia’s death chamber.
Josh moved to The Post’s National Desk in April 2004, and as a military correspondent he covered the Pentagon, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military criminal justice, and the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2004 and again in 2006, Josh was embedded with U.S. troops fighting in Iraq. In addition to several trips to Guantanamo Bay, Josh was among a small group of reporters who covered Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s first courtroom appearance there in 2008.
In October 2008, Josh returned to the Metro section, where he worked as a regional investigative reporter focusing on law enforcement. His investigations included the Maryland State Police’s surveillance of protest groups, the mishandling of bodies at a Northern Virginia funeral home, a former Manassas high school teacher’s 30-year trail of abuse that spanned the globe, the search for and ultimate arrest of the “East Coast Rapist”, and the lasting effects of sexual abuse by a youth director at Vienna Presbyterian Church. Josh also served as a regular Metro weekend editor. Josh contributed to The Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, and he was on Post teams in 2005 and 2006 that were Pulitzer finalists for coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses and the U.S. government’s war on terrorism.
From 2012 through 2016, Josh was The Post's Education Editor, working with a team of reporters covering pre-K through higher education. He helped create Grade Point, The Post's higher education blog, and guided projects including The Post's college sexual assault survey and the Rolling Stone-U-Va. gang rape allegations.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Josh has a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he was editor of the Michigan Daily. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and two daughters.