America Desk editor Education: University of Michigan Josh White is The Washington Post's America Desk editor on the National desk, working with reporters who cover news across the United States and The Post's immigration team. White 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 writing about numerous capital murder cases and drug-related offenses, he has witnessed two executions by electric chair in Virginia’s death chamber. White moved to The Post’s National desk in April 2004, and as a military correspondent 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, he was embedded with U.S. troops fighting in Iraq. In addition to several trips to Guantanamo Bay, he was among a small group of reporters who covered Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s first courtroom appearance there in 2008. In October 2008, he 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. White also served as a regular Metro weekend editor. White 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, he was The Post's Education editor, working with a team of reporters covering pre-K through higher education. He expanded The Post's higher education coverage and guided projects including The Post's college sexual assault survey and the investigation of Rolling Stone's U-Va. gang-rape allegations. As America Desk editor since 2017, he has overseen wide-ranging coverage of the United States, including mass shootings, natural disasters, Puerto Rico's struggle to recover after Hurricane Maria, the opioid epidemic and enterprise across a wide swath of topics. He also has supervised expansion of The Post's California, Texas and Midwest coverage and leads The Post's immigration team. He worked with a team that was a 2019 Pulitzer finalist in Explanatory Journalism for a line of coverage about murder trends in the United States and with a team that was a 2020 Pulitzer finalist for Breaking News for coverage of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. White grew up in the Boston area and has a degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he was editor of the Michigan Daily.