Tom Jackman

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering criminal justice locally and nationally

Education: University of Notre Dame, BA in English and American Studies

Tom Jackman has been covering crime and courts for The Washington Post since 1998, after handling similar beats at the Kansas City Star. Jackman helped lead the coverage of the D.C. sniper trials in 2003 and was the lead writer on The Post’s breaking news coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, which won the Pulitzer Prize. More recently he focused on the police killing of an unarmed man in Fairfax County, Va., which ended with the officer convicted of manslaughter and serving jail time. In 2016, Jackman launched the True Crime blog, which looks at criminal justice issues and important c
Latest from Tom Jackman

Judge convicts one of first Oath Keepers arrested in Jan. 6 riot

Donovan Crowl, part of a line that marched single-file into the Capitol, was convicted of conspiracy. James Beeks became the first Oath Keeper acquitted of all Jan. 6 charges.

July 12, 2023

Teens buying ghost guns online, with deadly consequences

Dozens of teens have bought, built and shot ghost guns in recent years, and a federal attempt to regulate sales has faltered.

July 12, 2023

Infowars host Owen Shroyer pleads guilty to Jan. 6 trespassing charge

Shroyer, 33, host of “The War Room with Owen Shroyer,” admitted he entered and remained on Capitol restricted grounds

June 23, 2023

Navy weapons tests in Potomac spark environmental lawsuit

Two environmental groups allege violation of the Clean Water Act.

June 21, 2023

Fairfax City police say man was slain last week

Police disclosed that Luis Barahona Reyes was the man whose body was found near Fairfax Boulevard last Saturday.

June 16, 2023

Jan. 6 cases yield courtroom wins but no change in extremist threat

More than two years into a historic prosecution of U.S. Capitol attackers, reviews are mixed on what the Justice Department accomplished.

June 8, 2023

Four Oath Keepers sentenced for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Prosecutors sought 10 years or more for Oath Keepers Roberto Minuta, Edward Vallejo, David Moerschel and Joseph Hackett, but all received less than five-year terms.

June 2, 2023

Man shot to death on Metro train pulling into Waterfront station

Police said the incident began with a dispute at the L’Enfant Plaza station and police found the victim at Navy Yard, after the assailant had gotten off the train.

May 28, 2023

Oath Keepers leader Rhodes gets 18 years for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

The sentence is the longest given to any of the hundreds of people found guilty of involvement in the pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

May 25, 2023

Rioter pictured with foot on desk in speaker’s offices gets 4½ years

Richard 'Bigo' Barnett gained fame for photo of his foot on desk in Pelosi's offices, but also carried 950,000-volt stun gun and menaced police, prosecutors said.

May 24, 2023