Jonathan Franklin

Jonathan has been reporting and covering a broad spectrum of local and national news in the nation’s capital for the last six years.

Jonathan Franklin

He is currently a multiplatform reporter for National Public Radio covering race, culture, and identity.

While at NPR, Jonathan has been at the forefront of reporting on some of the most significant national stories to break during his time at NPR, including the Tops Supermarket mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., the Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade attack, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Jonathan’s reporting can be seen and heard across NPR’s digital, social and audio platforms — such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Code Switch, and NPR News Now. He is also a frequent contributor to ESPN’s The Right Time with Bomani Jones podcast.

Prior to NPR, Jonathan was a digital multimedia journalist for WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C., where he covered the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Black community, D.C.’s racial protests and demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd, the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. 

You can quickly scan for Jonathan’s byline and find hundreds of breaking news and feature stories filled with engaging ledes, videos, and live reporting along with well-calibrated anecdotes that center the individuals and communities in service of the journalism he’s pursuing.

Jonathan began his journalism career as a news fellow and freelance journalist for WDCW in Washington, D.C.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Jonathan graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s in journalism (an emphasis in broadcast and digital journalism) and from Wofford College with undergraduate degrees in English/Digital Media and African/African-American Studies.

Jonathan is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., both the National and Washington Associations of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.