Jonathan T. Capehart is a journalist and television anchor. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 2, 1967. Capehart graduated from Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School, located in Newark, 1985, and then attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, earning his B.A. in political science in 1989.
While attending college, his uncle McKinley Branch, worked at the Today Show on NBC network and one day took Capehart with him to work. Capehart spoke with someone who gave him a contact that led to a two-year summer internship with the Today Show.
After graduation, Capehart first worked as an assistant to the president of the WNYC Foundation, which supports WYNC 93.9 FM and AM 820, New York’s flagship public radio stations. The stations broadcast programs including American Public Media, NPR, the BBC World Service, and a host of other award-winning programs. Capehart then returned to the Today Show in 1992 and worked as a researcher, and from 1993 to 2000, he was the youngest member ever of the New York Daily News editorial board. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 as part of the editorial team that ran a series that helped save Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
Capehart left the Daily News in 2000, and temporarily wrote speeches and advised Michael Bloomberg during his 2001 run for Mayor of New York City. He returned to the Daily News in 2002 and from that point to 2004, he served as a deputy director at the newspaper. From 2004 to 2007, he worked as Senior Vice President and senior counsel of public affairs at Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations company. Capehart became a member of the editorial board of the Washington Post in 2007, and guest anchored his first time in 2010 on a cable network news program. Capehart was a guest anchor in 2012, when his Uncle retired from NBC after forty-one years of service. He began his podcast Cape Up in 2013. In 2018, Capehart began hosting Midday, a WNYC radio show.
Jonathan Capehart has received numerous awards for his work with the LBGTQ community. In May 2016 Capehart became engaged to his longtime boyfriend, former State Department official Nick Schmidt and on January 7, 2017, the two were married by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at The Jefferson Hotel, in Washington D.C. He became an occasional contributor of the PBS NewsHour in 2018, and in December of 2020, Capehart was named the new host of The Sunday Show, hosting the first show on December 13. On Monday, January 4, 2021, Capehart was named as a regular contributor to the PBS NewsHour, a weekly Friday night show, succeeding columnist Mark Shields.