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Josh Dawsey | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Josh Dawsey
  • Occupation Journalist
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Date Jul 13, 1990
  • Age 31 Years, 3 Months
White House Reporter, and Political Investigations Reporter for The Washington Post.

Josh Dawsey | Biography

Dawsey was a reporter and editor-in-chief for the Daily Gamecock, an editorially independent student news organization at the University of South Carolina, while doing his bachelor's in journalism at the university.

Regardless of how intense his coverage on the Trump administration was, the criticisms on Josh Dawsey were never personal from the White House until 7 November 2019, when the then President Donald J. Trump directly referred to Dawsey as a "lowlife reporter" in his tweet. Later, in 2020, Dawsey admitted that Trump had been a constant on his mind for three continuous years, and he couldn't stop thinking about Trump even when he would diverge into silence.


Josh Dawsey is a White House Reporter and Political Investigations Reporter for The Washington Post.

Who is Josh Dawsey?

Josh Dawsey is a well-known name in the landscape of journalism. He has been active in the domain since his teenage years. 

Dawsey was an editor for a community newspaper in his hometown, Aynor, South Carolina, when he was 17 years old.  

His career experiences comprise stints at reputed media firms, namely, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Politico. Presently, he works as a White House Reporter and Political Investigations Reporter for The Washington Post. 

Early Life and Education

Dawsey was born on 13 July 1990. He obtained his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina (Uof SC), Columbia, in 2012. He was a reporter and editor-in-chief for the Daily Gamecock, an editorially independent student news organization at Uof SC.

He has been into writing and editing since he was a teenager. At 17, he was already an editor of his community newspaper in Aynor, South Carolina. He covered town council meetings and high school football events in the paper.

Career

Dawsey worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal from 2012 to 2016. He initially covered Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey for the publication before heading to New York City to cover Mayor Bill de Blasio. Subsequently, he worked for Politico as a White House Reporter from 2016 to 2017.

After that, he joined as a White House Reporter at The Washington Post in 2017, a position he has been holding to date. There, he made coverages on former President Donald Trump, his administration, and national politics. Furthermore, he has also been working as a Political Investigations and Enterprise reporter for The Washington Post since 2021.

Vanity Fair named him a "West-Wing Savant," "a rising star," "an energetic ink-stained wretch type with a hint of South Carolina drawl" in 2017, eliciting his knack and aptitude in journalism. The last dub was unsettling for Dawsey's mother. However, newsroom veterans agree on the accuracy of the recognition.

The Washington Post

Dawsey works for The Washington Post, holding dual designations, as a White House Reporter and a Political Investigations and Enterprise reporter.

Under the given designations, he published editorials on the Trump administration since his takeover in November 2016, receiving the White House Correspondents' 'Association Award for Deadline News Reporting' in 2018.

Some of his coverages at The Washington Post include Trump alluding to African countries as "shithole" countries and Jared Kushner, an American investor, heir, real estate developer, using a secret email server to operate government business. 

He also wrote about Trump's key tenants falling behind on rent and having moved out and a news story about Trump reaching out to families of US service members killed in Afghanistan and many others.

Former President Donald Trump's Tweet

Regardless of how intense his coverage on the Trump administration was, the criticisms had never been personal until 7 November 2019.

Former President Donald J. Trump referred to Dawsey as a "lowlife reporter" in his tweet dated 7 November 2019. "The Amazon Washington Post and three lowlife reporters, Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Carol Leonnig, wrote another Fake News story, without any sources (pure fiction), about Bill Barr & myself. We both deny this story, which they knew before they wrote it. A garbage newspaper!" the tweet read.

"I was on the phone when he did it. I heard someone shout across the newsroom, 'He just tweeted about you!'" Dawsey told Uof SC in 2020. "I said, 'Oh, he's been tweeting about our story all morning.' He said, 'No. He tweeted about you.' I thought, 'This is going to be the rest of my day,'" he shared his thoughts about the tweet.

Thinking about Trump every time

In a 2020 interview with the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Dawsey admitted that Trump had been a constant on his mind for three continuous years, and he couldn't stop thinking about Trump even when he would diverge into silence.

"Anything he's doing affects me," he told U of SC. "His travel schedule affects me. When he wakes up in the morning and decides to make the next week about an issue, that affects me. I spend more of my day thinking about him than I spend thinking about anything else."

Dawsey added that he would make several phone calls every day, schedule frequent breakfast, lunch, and dinner meetings, to meet people from the Hill, the White House, lobbyists, and people who work or used to work for Trump, just to be aware of what Trump was up to.

However, later in the interview, he generalized the rush and informed that he would do the same while covering other personalities.

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