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Interview Date: 08/16/2017 |and| 3/22/2018

Journalist Jonathan Capehart was born on July 2, 1968 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. After Capehart graduated from high school. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he would graduation from with his B.A. degree in political science in 1989.

Capehart first worked as assistant to the president of the WNYC Foundation, eventually moving on to become a researcher for NBC's The Today Show. From 1993 to 2000, he served as a member of the New York Daily News’ editorial board. In 1999, the New York Daily News editorial team received a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s series of editorials that helped save Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Capehart then went on to work as a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and later served as a policy advisor and speechwriter for Michael Bloomberg in his successful 2001 campaign for Mayor of New York City. In 2002, Capehart returned to the New York Daily News, where he worked as deputy editorial page editor until 2004, when he was hired as senior vice president and senior counselor of public affairs for Hill & Knowlton. In 2007, Capehart joined the staff of the Washington Post as a journalist and editorial board member. There, he wrote for the Washington Post's PostPartisan blog and served as a contributor for MSNBC. He also served as a substitute anchor on MSNBC’s The Cycle, Martin Bashir, and Way Too Early, and appeared regularly on Morning Joe and other programs. Capehart has also been a member of the Reporters Roundtable on ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos, as well as a substitute host on The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC.

Capehart has been recognized within and honored by the journalism community for his work in the field. In 1999, he was on the editorial board at the New York Daily News that won a Pulitzer Prize. Capehart was also named an Esteem Honoree in 2011, a distinction given to individuals in recognition of efforts to support the African American and LGBT communities in the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, business and art.

Capehart lives in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Capehart was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 16, 2017.

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