Among the hundreds of reporters who wrote about Donald Trump last year, David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post stood out for the resourcefulness of his reporting, the originality of his work, and his commitment to the truth. Fahrenthold laid bare Trump’s false claims about his charitable giving and exposed the hypocrisy of Trump’s charitable foundation, forcing Trump to eventually shut it down. Ironically, like Trump, Fahrenthold recognized the importance of social media as a communications tool and was in the forefront of using it to dig up information. Fahrenthold’s unflinching coverage of Trump during one of the most tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern times served as a reminder that a diligent news media, far from being the enemy of the people, is essential to the health of a democracy.
David Fahrenthold has been a Washington Post reporter since 2000. During that time, he has covered the Washington D.C. police department, the environment, New England, and – since 2010 – U.S. politics. In 2016, Fahrenthold wrote a series of stories about Donald Trump’s questionable use of his personal foundation and Trump’s history of unfulfilled promises to donate money to charity. Fahrenthold also revealed the existence of a 2005 Access Hollywood video in which Trump bragged about groping women without their permission. A native of Houston and a 2000 graduate of Harvard University, Fahrenthold lives in Washington with his wife and two daughters.