Full Name
Christian Davenport
Job Title
NASA and Space Industry Reporter
The Washington Post
Speaker Bio
Christian Davenport is a staff writer at The Washington Post covering space for the Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000, and has written about the DC-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery. He was on a team that won the Peabody award in 2010 for its work on veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and has been on reporting teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize three times. 

Before joining the Financial staff, Christian was an editor on the Metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman. He is the author of two books, “The Space Barons: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos” (2018) and “As You Were: To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard” (2009). He has served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation.

As frequent radio and television commentator, he has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, PBS’ NewsHour and several NPR shows, including All Things Considered, Marketplace and Diane Rehm. He was a producer of “Space: The Private Frontier,” a two-hour documentary that aired on the Discovery and Science Channels, and the co-host of “Space Launch Live,” the networks’ live broadcast of SpaceX’s first crewed mission, which won an Emmy award in 2021 and was the highest rated, non-primetime telecast in Discovery’s history. A graduate of Colby College, he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
Christian Davenport