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

Another queen is dead. Long live Loretta Lynn.

Sinning, loving, cheating, crying — the more life threw at Loretta Lynn, the more greatness she poured into her music.

October 5, 2022

How I remember the Beltway sniper killings

We worried for ourselves, for our loved ones. We felt helpless. We wondered: Was this al-Qaeda?

October 5, 2022

Why a negotiated peace with Putin is the safest way out

This is not about whether Russia can “rebuild." (It can’t.) It’s about how to contain potentially immense chaos.

September 30, 2022

Putin is limping toward an endgame in Ukraine. Should the West go along?

The Russian ruler wants out of Ukraine, on his own terms.

September 27, 2022

How to prevent deadly wildfires? Stop fighting fires.

Fire is nature’s way of renewing wilderness. Artificially thwarting it only makes future fires worse.

September 22, 2022

21 years after 9/11, the war has not ended for anyone

Here is the thing about the starting and ending of wars: The enemy has a vote.

September 9, 2022

With dignity, Queen Elizabeth II embodied an endangered principle: Unity

As monarch, she fulfilled her duty like no other.

September 8, 2022

To see Aaron Judge closing in on Roger Maris’s record is a delight

As Judge closes in on Maris’s storied 61 home runs, a pause to celebrate both men.

September 6, 2022

A potential new snag for Putin: The retreat of Jack Frost

Winter has been Russia’s great strategic asset in past wars. This year, long-range forecasts could mean a change of fortune.

September 2, 2022

What if Trump’s pile of papers is nothing more than a prop?

It was 2016. We were on Trump’s private plane. Before him: a mountain of paper, topped with waffle fries.

August 30, 2022