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Jonathan Capriel is an intern at the Tampa Bay Times covering police, fires and whatever else goes bump in the night. He previously worked with the investigations team looking into five deaths at a Tampa power company. He wrote several stories on Hurricane Irma and the Tampa serial killings.

He graduated from the University of Memphis and served as the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper The Daily Helmsman. During that time, he won the University of Georgia’s Betty Gage Holland Award for excellence in college journalism for his reporting on a gender wage gap among University of Memphis professors, which has persisted for more than 10 years. He also placed sixth in the Hearst Enterprise Reporting Award for coverage on a violent sorority hazing. Jonathan is a senior at the U of M and the editor-in-chief of the independent campus newspaper The Daily Helmsman.

In 2014, he worked as a general assignment reporter for The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ largest newspaper. He was a reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington D.C. during the summer of 2015. He covered business, crime and breaking news for The Baltimore Sun in summer 2016.

He’s lived most of his life in the Bluff City with his three dogs, two cats and other family members. He enjoys requesting public records, Martin Scorsese films and traveling. He's also a middle child.


Email Jonathan at jacapriel@gmail.com








Rapists could see little punishment in university system

Oct. 29, 2015

How the University of Memphis deals with sexual assaults on campus varies, and is usually hidden from public view. f the sexual assault survivor chooses to not report the crime to police, then how (or if) the university punishes an alleged attacker will likely remain a secret. Understanding the University’s closed-door policies on sexual assault when police are not involved is crucial because for every victim of sexual violence that goes to the police, there likely are dozens who remain silent.

Frats ordered to stop all events after altercation at step show

Nov. 10, 2010

Two fraternities at the University of Memphis are being told they cannot hold social events on campus after a homecoming step show Thursday that ended in a confrontation and evacuation of the Rose Theater.Some are even suggesting that the university treats members of the mostly black NPHC fraternities more harshly than fraternities in the mostly white Interfraternity Council.

Ludacris will perform at U of M Homecoming

Nov. 5, 2015

With less than 24 hours till show time, it is also unknown how SAC was able to get 'Luda' to agree to play. SAC shared the news just before 8 pm Thursday, but the concert is scheduled for 7 pm Friday.

Student government backs LGBT office on campus

Oct. 30, 2015

Student government is pushing to create a new office of gender and sexuality at the University of Memphis. The proposed office is much needed and long overdue, advocates say. While the groups like the Hispanic Student Association and African Student Association get support from the U of M’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT and woman rights groups have no such advising hub

Protestors march through University demand living wage from U of M and fast-food giants

Apr. 16, 2015

Students and workers at the University of Memphis joined a nationwide protest Wednesday, seeking to shame fast food restaurants into paying employees at least $15 an hour.

University and ex-employee make final arguments in termination appeal —lawsuit still pending

Jan. 21, 2015

Accusations of discriminations and incompetence were exchanged between the University of Memphis and one of its former employees, Curt Guenther, during day three of a wrongful termination hearing.Although these statements were closing arguments, it’s most likely not the last time these charges will be made.

Student government seeks new parking app

Sep. 22, 2015

Students willing to pay for garage parking may get a new phone app that will tell them which lots are full.Student government is working with campus parking services to develop the app, said David Knowles, president of student government, during Thursday’s student senate meeting.

More than 20 percent of the city lives in official food deserts

Feb. 22, 2015

Convenient stores advertising beer and junk food are littered throughout poverty-stricken communities across Memphis while supermarkets, with nutritional foods at lower prices, are often out of reach. Forcing the city’s poorest to pay the most for food. Read more...

Nursing and pre-nursing most common majors on campus

Oct. 29, 2015

More than 25 percent of the University of Memphis students are undecided, undeclared, prenursing or nursing, according to an analysis by The Daily Helmsman. Click the link to see more (Photo/graph by Jonathan Capriel) Read more...

U of M hits 8-year low for freshmen enrollment, could mean financial trouble

Oct. 1, 2015

A big part of the drop comes from fewer in-state residents attending the U of M. This could be a side effect of the recently passed Tennessee Promise, which allows recent high-school graduates to attend any of the state’s two-year community colleges for free. Read more...


’50s-era bonds inadequate for 21st century oil, gas wells

Exploding airbags still a mystery, Takata tells Senate

Comedian influences Ag Bill, members of Congress say

Victims’ families push Senate for immigration crackdown

A year later, thousands of children still wait for their day in court