Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jonathan studied at Yale University and then worked for two years as a reporter at the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina.
In 1984, he moved to Washington, where he worked first for National Journal magazine - a nonpartisan, in-depth journal on government and public policy - and then went on to become a freelance writer, with work appearing in many magazines and newspapers.
Jonathan is the author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. He has been writing books and magazine articles on ideas, culture, and public policy, and he has written on gay-related topics as an openly gay author since 1991, when, in an article for The New Republic, he criticized hate-crimes laws from a gay point of view.
In 1995 he spent a year as a visiting writer for The Economist magazine in London. He was awarded the Premio Napoli alla Stampa Estera for his coverage of the European Parliament in The Economist.
Jonathan is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and is now a senior writer and columnist for National Journal. He is the author of several books on public policy, culture, and economics. He is also a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution.