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

Just when you thought Josh Hawley couldn’t stoop any lower …

The Missouri senator’s dissenting vote on NATO expansion shows how little he cares about, or understands, the stakes.

August 5, 2022

The Kansas abortion vote sends a powerful message to the Supreme Court

It could also be a glimpse of the future for Republicans who have gone all-in with the hardcore antiabortion crowd.

August 3, 2022

Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver was a Grade A big brother

In many ways, he was just like my own brother: Role model, counselor, advocate, scourge — and always fiercely loyal.

July 29, 2022

A Trump aide perhaps unwittingly diagnoses America’s political cancer

A striking moment from the Jan. 6 committee hearings recalls the sick symbiosis between the former president and the press.

July 22, 2022

The end of affirmative action at colleges could be a good thing

For too long, affirmative action at the college level has been a smokescreen for failure to act affirmatively in the formative years.

July 19, 2022

The GOP courted antiabortion zealots. Now they’re stuck with them.

With the case of the 10-year-old raped in Ohio, Republicans are getting an early lesson in the monstrousness of their extreme abortion bans.

July 15, 2022

The years and billions spent on the James Webb telescope? Worth it.

This marvel of engineering gives us the opportunity to consider how small and precious our own existence.

July 12, 2022

RIP James Caan, who taught millions of American males how to cry

Caan was best known for playing Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” But to me, he’ll forever be the tragic footballer of “Brian’s Song.”

July 8, 2022

The proposed new names for military bases are in, and they’re inspiring

The old base names represent division. The new ones should unify.

July 6, 2022

In Dobbs, these untruths are self-evident

For one, the Supreme Court’s abortion ruling is not about restoring power to the states. It is about taking power from individuals and giving it to government.

July 1, 2022