Gillian Brockell

Washington, D.C.

Staff writer for Retropolis

Education: Northwestern University, MS in journalism ; University of Texas at Austin, BA in history and English

Gillian Brockell writes for The Washington Post's history blog, Retropolis. She has worked for The Post since 2013. As a video editor, she was nominated for an Emmy and won an NABJ award for producing the commentary series “TL;DR.” Previously, she was a producer at Federal News Radio and a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Fodor's Travel and The Washington Post Magazine.
Latest from Gillian Brockell

Al Pacino, Charlie Chaplin and history’s most famous old dads

Al Pacino, 83, is expecting a child; Robert De Niro, 79, just became a father for the seventh time. Presidents and a bunch of Rolling Stones have been old dads, too.

June 5, 2023

Sonic boom in D.C. region caused by F-16s intercepting Cessna

The explosive boom that shook the region's residents Sunday was a sonic boom from a military plane, officials said.

June 4, 2023

How Tina Turner escaped Ike Turner’s abuse and reclaimed her name

The moment when Tina Turner would finally escape her abusive husband, the musician and band leader Ike Turner, had been building for years before July 1, 1976.

May 25, 2023

Ron DeSantis’s context-free history book vanished online. We got a copy.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has attacked history lessons in Florida, dismisses slavery in his 2011 book as a “personal flaw” of the Founding Fathers.

May 21, 2023

Md. teen fatally shot was driver in fatal crash two months ago

Three students at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro have died — two of them in fatal shootings and one in a car crash — in less than three months.

May 14, 2023

With MLK and Malcolm X revelations, Alex Haley’s legacy takes new hit

Before questions about his Playboy interview with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Haley faced charges of plagiarism and inaccuracy in "Roots."

May 13, 2023

MLK’s famous criticism of Malcolm X was a ‘fraud,’ author finds

Alex Haley’s transcript of his famous Playboy interview with Martin Luther King Jr. does not match what was published, author Jonathan Eig says.

May 10, 2023

The Koh-i-Noor and Cullinan diamonds: British crown jewels have fraught history

South Africans have demanded the return of the Cullinan diamonds, which will feature heavily during King Charles III’s coronation Saturday.

May 5, 2023

These searing photographs helped ban child labor in America — until now

Some Republican lawmakers are trying to relax child labor regulations, which are rooted in the public outcry over Lewis Hine's photographs.

May 1, 2023

The leak that ruined Ben Franklin’s reputation and spurred the Boston Tea Party

When Benjamin Franklin leaked important letters to American colonists, he asked to keep them private. They ended up in the Boston Gazette.

April 15, 2023