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

What the conservative arguments against abortion get all wrong

It’s unseemly for the Supreme Court majority and its friends to pretend a difficult issue has suddenly been made simple.

December 3, 2021

On trial, Elizabeth Holmes keeps playing the smoke-and-mirrors game

The real scandal is that Silicon Valley investors bought her magic act.

November 30, 2021

The lyrical genius of Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim: He came cannonballin’ down from the sky, gleam in his eye, bright as a rose.

November 27, 2021

From sunsets to laughter, a universe of things to be thankful for

Gratitude is a muscle. It strengthens us with practice.

November 24, 2021

Let’s be honest: The roast turkey was bequeathed to us by Satan

Trying to cook a perfect bird is an annual rite of masochism.

November 19, 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell is getting her day in court. The whole story on Jeffrey Epstein probably won’t.

Defense attorneys suggest they will challenge witnesses who have called Maxwell an accomplice to Epstein's sex crimes.

November 16, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg, meet Johannes Gutenberg

Facebook is remaking the world just as the printing press did — for good and bad.

November 9, 2021

The recent Democratic shellacking was a needed reality check

President Biden and Democrats in Congress need to change tack — and fast.

November 5, 2021

Here’s what it’s like to live in one of the last bastions of bipartisan America

If more congressional districts looked like mine, the country would be better for it.

November 2, 2021

Tesla and Elon Musk offer a case study in the billionaire tax’s complications

There are reasons the so-called wealth tax, tried in other countries, hasn’t lived up to expectations.

October 26, 2021