Monday, July 02, 2018

Happy Birthday to Washington Post Journalist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart was born today, July 2, in 1967. He is an American journalist and television personality. He writes for The Washington Post's Post Partisan blog and is a contributor for MSNBC.

Capehart grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and graduated from Carleton College. Before his work with The Washington Post and MSNBC, Capehart was a researcher for NBC's The Today Show. Subsequently, he worked for the New York Daily News (NYDN), serving as a member of its editorial board from 1993 to 2000. At the time of his hiring, Capehart was youngest-ever member of that newspaper's editorial board. In 2000, he left the NYDN to work at Bloomberg News and afterward, he advised and wrote speeches for Michael Bloomberg during Bloomberg's 2001 run for mayor of New York City. 

In 2002, he returned to the NYDN, serving as deputy editor of the editorial page until 2004. In December 2004, Capehart joined the global public relations company Hill & Knowlton as a Senior Vice President and senior counselor of public affairs.

He joined the staff of The Washington Post as a journalist and editorial board member in 2007. He currently serves in that capacity, in addition to being a contributing commentator for MSNBC.

In 2018, Capehart began guest hosting the WNYC radio show Midday on WNYC (formerly The Leonard Lopate Show).

Capehart was a key contributor to a New York Daily News editorial team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for Best Editorial Writing. The award was for a series of editorials regarding Harlem's Apollo Theater.

He was a 2011 Esteem Honoree, a distinction given to individuals in recognition of efforts in supporting the African American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business, and art.

In May 2016, Capehart became engaged to his boyfriend of over 5 years Nick Schmit (shown above with Capehart), assistant chief of protocol at the State Department. On January 7, 2017, Capehart and Schmit were married by former U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder.

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