Josh Dawsey

Washington, D.C.

Political investigations and enterprise reporter

Education: University of South Carolina

Josh Dawsey is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 2017 and previously covered the White House. Before that, he covered the White House for Politico, and New York City Hall and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the Wall Street Journal.
Latest from Josh Dawsey

Trump takes another stride toward GOP nomination with DeSantis dropout

Former president Donald Trump sped toward clinching the 2024 GOP nomination after picking up the endorsement of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, signaling further consolidation behind him.

January 21, 2024

Ron DeSantis ends presidential campaign, endorses Trump

The campaign by the Florida governor steadily deflated as he struggled to connect with voters and convince Republicans to swap Donald Trump for a younger, more disciplined champion of his ideas.

January 21, 2024

How Trump dominated Iowa — and held back DeSantis and Haley

Psychological warfare, strategic miscalculations and a sweet-spot finish made the former president’s comeback official.

January 16, 2024

Trump was declared the winner in Iowa before many even cast their votes

The decision by the AP and other news organizations to project a Trump victory before the caucuses had finished drew scorn from the former president’s rivals.

January 16, 2024

The election calendar’s set. Trump’s trial timing? Deeply unclear.

The only thing certain about the pending trials of former president Donald Trump is the uncertainty of when they will happen.

January 12, 2024

Trump trades Iowa rallies for day in court in preview of campaign to come

In a fundraising email that distorted the situation, Trump misleadingly claimed to supporters that Biden was “forcing me into a courtroom in our nation’s capital.”

January 9, 2024

How the GOP’s rewriting of Jan. 6 paved the way for Trump’s comeback

Pressure from advocates for accused rioters was amplified online and by right-wing media figures, leading lawmakers to minimize and deny the violence and rehabilitate Trump.

January 6, 2024

Trump’s promotion of debunked election report reveals divisions in his circle

The episode was yet another illustration of the unusual and at times strained dynamic between Trump’s legal entanglements and his campaign

January 6, 2024

Trump wins back antiabortion movement as activists plot 2025 crackdowns

Many activists look past the former president’s refusal to endorse a national abortion ban, focusing instead on how a future administration could restrict pills.

January 5, 2024

Florida surgeon general calls for halt on mRNA covid vaccines, citing debunked claim

Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo’s false claims that mRNA coronavirus vaccines contaminate DNA imperils lives as respiratory viruses surge this winter.

January 3, 2024