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

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

Is the world ready for the farmerless tractor?

Technological change in farm country is a perfect symbol of what’s happening to industry — and jobs — at large.

January 7, 2022

The BlackBerry’s death offers a powerful lesson

The wise way to survive today’s pace of change is not to cling to the past, but to pour energy into the new.

January 4, 2022

The enduring, aspirational appeal of Betty White

She was admired for being herself, loved for being lovable, enjoyed for her joy.

January 1, 2022

Desmond Tutu was exactly the radical moderate the world needed

South Africa is better off for his pursuit of the middle path.

December 28, 2021

We’re adapting to living with covid-19 — less so to accepting uncertainty

The public’s demand for easy answers during the pandemic has not been conducive to good information.

December 24, 2021

It’s an open secret there’s no NATO plan for Ukraine. Why not just tell Putin?

In this case, truth in diplomacy could be a powerful tool.

December 17, 2021