Tom Jackman

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering criminal justice locally and nationally

Education: University of Notre Dame, BA in English and American Studies

Tom Jackman has been covering crime and courts for The Washington Post since 1998, after handling similar beats at the Kansas City Star. Jackman helped lead the coverage of the D.C. sniper trials in 2003 and was the lead writer on The Post’s breaking news coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, which won the Pulitzer Prize. More recently he focused on the police killing of an unarmed man in Fairfax County, Va., which ended with the officer convicted of manslaughter and serving jail time. In 2016, Jackman launched the True Crime blog, which looks at criminal justice issues and important c
Latest from Tom Jackman

D.C. leaders discuss keeping teens out of crime, and victimhood

City leaders including police Chief Robert J. Contee III say options are available to help keep youths out of trouble

January 14, 2023

Hogan pardons two men who wrongly served decades in prison for murder

Walter Lomax and John Huffington both served more than 30 years after wrongful convictions caused by police and prosecutorial misconduct.

January 14, 2023

U.S. says Proud Boys ‘did not stand back,’ sought to keep Trump in office

The government's third seditious conspiracy trial in the Capitol attack is underway.

January 12, 2023

Proud Boys led Jan. 6 riot to keep Trump in office, U.S. says at trial

Defendants charged with seditious conspiracy blame Donald Trump, saying it would be an “injustice” to make them “scapegoats” without charging the former president.

January 12, 2023

Who are the Proud Boys charged with seditious conspiracy?

Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, longtime chairman of the right-wing group, heads to trial with three other defendants in the third seditious conspiracy trial of the 2021 Capitol attack.

January 12, 2023

What you need to know about the Proud Boys Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy trial

Who are the Proud Boys? What are they going on trial for in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack?

January 12, 2023

Far-right personality ‘Baked Alaska’ sentenced to 60 days for Jan. 6

Anthime Gionet marched in the neo-Nazi "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville and live streamed himself storming the Capitol.

January 10, 2023

Review of Jan. 6 cases finds judges give harsh lectures, lighter sentences

Judges have gone below prosecutors’ recommendations three-quarters of time, and below federal sentencing guidelines a little less than 40 percent.

January 6, 2023

Fairfax prosecutor clears undercover officer in nonfatal shooting

When a man fled from police and was soon surrounded, an officer believed the driver was reaching for a gun and fired once, wounding the man in the arm.

December 31, 2022

Former Catholic priest convicted in 1985 sex assault in Loudoun

Scott A. Asalone, a rector in Purcellville, was removed from his church in 1993, but not arrested until 2020. The victim went on to become a D.C. councilman.

December 12, 2022