David Von Drehle

Kansas City

Columnist focusing on national affairs and politics

David Von Drehle is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics from a home base in the Midwest. He joined The Post in 2017 after a decade at Time magazine, where he wrote more than 60 cover stories as editor-at-large. During a previous stint at The Post, Von Drehle served as a writer and editor on the National staff, in Style, and at the Magazine. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning bestseller “Triangle: The Fire That Changed America.” He lives in Kansas City with his wife, journalist Karen Ball, and their four childr
Latest from David Von Drehle

Our common culture is collapsing

Will the 20th century be the high-water mark of mass communication?

February 11, 2022

The GOP hounding of Liz Cheney recalls the McCarthy-era smearing of another woman who took a stand

In the 1950s, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith took on Sen. Joseph McCarthy, warning against any party “that puts political exploitation above national interest.”

February 8, 2022

What’s the best fate for Ukraine? Think Austria.

Formal neutrality for Ukraine would be a strong antidote to endless conflict — if only Putin would quit the brinkmanship.

February 4, 2022

George Packer’s opus on Afghanistan is a scorching indictment of Biden

Packer's article, in the Atlantic, portrays a willful betrayal of our Afghan allies.

February 1, 2022

If the Supreme Court ever abolishes the death penalty, we must thank Justice Breyer

In a powerful dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer outlined the clear unconstitutionality of capital punishment.

January 28, 2022

A pope complicit in covering up sex crimes can bid moral authority goodbye

A German report shows how the Catholic leadership was never really in the dark about sexual predators in their midst.

January 25, 2022

Some personal testimony in the matter of NPR v. the Supreme Court

The court is dinging NPR for a lack of attention to detail. But when I once fact-checked one of the justices, he didn’t seem to care.

January 21, 2022

The FAA’s 5G freakout raises a big red flag — about its competence

It's unacceptable that regulators seem to have been caught off-guard by a development so long in the making.

January 18, 2022

In Biden, Americans wanted a presidential president. They’re still waiting.

Rather than boosting confidence, Biden has resorted to buck-passing and blame-gaming.

January 14, 2022

Who was Carl Bernstein before Watergate? A natural newshound, learning the trade.

His new memoir, "Chasing History," shows what a journalist’s education should look like: An apprenticeship, not a seminar.

January 11, 2022