Jonathan Capehart

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality
  • Member of the Washington Post editorial board, MSNBC contributor and frequent substitute anchor, and host of the “Cape Up” podcast
  • Expert moderator who seamlessly directs conversations with high-level personalities
  • Discusses the news of the day, domestic and global cultural shifts, and the issues that will define the months and years to come

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart is a member of The Washington Post editorial board, writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog, and hosts the Post’s “Cape Up” podcast. He is also an MSNBC Contributor who regularly serves as a substitute anchor. Known for his insightful, hard-hitting reporting and writing, as well as his eloquent, witty, and thought-provoking commentary, Capehart is exclusively represented by  Leading Authorities speakers bureau and discusses the news of the day, cultural shifts happening domestically and globally, and the issues that matter now and will matter in the months and years to come. He is also revered for his abilities as an expert panelist and moderator, who is particularly skilled at directing and navigating honest, meaningful conversations with high-level personalities.

In addition to his work with the Post, Capehart is a regular moderator of panels at the Aspen Ideas Festival and for the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress and at the Atlantic Dialogues conference and the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund. He has also moderated sessions at the Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum and for the Connecticut Forum.

Between his column, podcast, panel moderating, and substitute hosting, Capehart has interviewed important political leaders and cultural icons including Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former chair of the Democratic National Committee Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Capehart has also interviewed actress Sonia Braga, jazz great Nancy Wilson, Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz, dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, and Bravo television’s Andy Cohen.

Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News from 2002 to 2004, and served on that paper's editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his 16-month editorial campaign to save the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart left the Daily News in July 2000 to become the national affairs columnist at Bloomberg News, and took a leave from this position in February 2001 to serve as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his first successful campaign for New York City mayor.

Capehart has additionally served as a guest host on “Midday on WNYC” on New York Public Radio. In September 2014, the Advocate magazine ranked Capehart 9th out of 50 of the most influential LGBT people in media. In December 2014, Mediaite named him one of the “Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News.”

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Jonathan Capehart: Interviews with Brewer & Buttigieg

Jonathan Capehart: Making Sense of Today’s News

Making Sense of Today’s News. As an opinion writer for The Washington Post, and host of the podcast “Cape Up,” Jonathan Capehart regularly talks with newsmakers about the day’s biggest political and culture issues, touching on hot-button topics including how race, religion, age, gender and cultural identity are redrawing the lines that both divide and unite America. In speeches, Capehart tells stories of his interviews with presidential candidates, media personalities, sitting politicians, CEOs and entrepreneurs, and even actors to illustrate what’s going on in America and how to make sense of the daily news. An entertaining and thought-provoking look at the news that matters now, Capehart leaves audiences with new perspectives and a greater understanding of the current climate in Washington and across the nation.

Diversity & Inclusion. Jonathan Capehart is well known for his efforts supporting both the African American and LGBT communities and, in 2014, he was named the 9th most influential LGBT person in the media (out of 50) by Advocate magazine. Here, Capehart discusses the big issues at the heart of conversations about diversity and inclusion, including how embracing differences improves a company’s ability to respond to change, spurs the creation of innovative solutions to emerging challenges, and creates a happier and more engaged workforce. Sharing experiences from his own life, and with his trademark wit and humor, Capehart helps foster important conversations to create a more productive workplace for all.

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