Who is Jonathan Capehart?

Jonathan T. Capehart was born in Newark, New Jersey USA, on 2 July 1967 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s a journalist and TV personality, who’s probably known best for the reporting which he’s done for the American news-based pay TV cable channel MSNBC, plus for his hosting of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart”.

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Early life and education

Jonathan was raised in Newark by his mother Margaret Capehart, and his father whose name remains undisclosed; not a lot is known about Jonathan’s parents, as he respects their privacy, but it’s said that his father is the owner of his own small business, and that his mother is a housewife. Because Jonathan hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of his fans believe that he’s an only child.

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He became interested in journalism while attending a local high school, and was supported and encouraged by his parents to pursue a college degree. Jonathan was amongst the top of his class, but was interested in numerous other activities during those four years, including practicing creative writing and appearing in school plays.

He matriculated in 1985, and then enrolled at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1989.

Career as a journalist

Jonathan completed his internship while still attending Carleton, but hasn’t revealed where, then upon graduation began working as a researcher on NBC’s “The Today Show”.

He spent close to four years at NBC, then was in 1993 hired to work on the editorial board of the newspaper “New York Daily News”, a job which he held for the following seven years; Jonathan was the youngest person sitting on that board.

He was invited to join the pay TV network Bloomberg News in 2000, and thus quit his job at “New York Daily News”; when the American businessman and politician Michael Rubens Bloomberg ran for New York City mayor in 2001, Jonathan co-wrote his speeches, and served as his advisor.

He became a writer for the newspaper “The Washington Post” in 2007, and has been holding the job to this day; Jonathan also contributes commentary to various MSNBC shows, and is the host of the podcast “Cape Up”, in which he discusses race, gender and religion in politics.

Further, “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart” premiered on MSNBC on 13 December 2020.

In January 2021, he began hosting the political commentary segment on the evening TV show “PBS NewsHour”, having replaced Mark Shields, and since 30 March 2022, Jonathan has been working as an associate editor of “The Washington Post”.

Awards and accolades

In 1999, when the staff of “New York Daily News” won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their story about the mismanagement of Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Jonathan was a key contributor to writing that story.

He was a 2011 Esteem Honoree, an accolade given to people who have shown support to LGBT and African-American communities.

For the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT Pride parade in June 2020, Jonathan was named in the 50 people who have ‘lead the nation towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all people.

Presence on social media networks

Jonathan is quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by more than 30,000 people, having uploaded over 5,000 pictures onto the network, most of which have been taken by him, as he’s interested in photography. He has revealed in these pictures that he’s a cat lover, as his mother’s pet cat Max can be seen featured in many. Jonathan has also shown that he likes to spend his spare time at natural locations, rather than in overcrowded cities.

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He launched his Twitter account in December 2009, and it’s today followed by nearly 500,000 people, while Jonathan has tweeted a stunning 120,000 times; he uses Twitter to express his opinion on various matters, but also to keep his fans updated on the latest news.

Jonathan has a Facebook page which he seems to be using only to keep in touch with his closest friends and family members.

He doesn’t have his own TikTok account, but many videos featuring him have been uploaded onto MSNBC’s account.

Love life and husband Nick Schmit

Jonathan’s more or less open when it comes to sharing the details of his love life with his fans, and it’s widely known that he’s gay.

He began dating Nick Schmit back in 2011, after the two had met while working; Nick is probably known best for having worked at the State Department as the assistant chief of protocol. The two men became engaged in May 2016, and exchanged vows in a private ceremony on 7 January 2017, officiated by the American lawyer Eric Holder.

It’s believed by some of Jonathan’s fans that he and Nick are planning to adopt a child, but that they are waiting because they still want to work on their careers; others claim that they are perhaps a bit too old to become parents, and aren’t planning to adopt. Jonathan and Nick haven’t commented on these rumors.

As of April 2022, Jonathan’s married to Nick Schmit, and he doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Jonathan’s into travelling, and has been to nearly all of the US states for both work and pleasure; his Instagram account is filled with pictures taken from inside airplanes. He has also travelled to a couple of European countries, while his favorite city to visit seems to be Marseille, France.

Jonathan likes all kinds of art, and is especially fascinated by architecture.

He’s physically quite active, and rides his bicycle on a daily basis, while he also has a couple of training sessions at the gym every week.

Jonathan likes to drink cocktails – his favorite is Martini.

He enjoys watching movies with his husband late at night, and his favorite actor and actress are Will Smith and Emma Watson, while a couple of his favorite films include “I, Robot”, “I Am Legend” and “Independence Day”.

Age, height and net worth

Jonathan’s age is 54. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of April 2022, Jonathan’s net worth stands at an estimated $3 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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