The Washington Post today announced award-winning author David Von Drehle will join The Washington Post as a staff columnist for the Opinions section. In a twice weekly column, Von Drehle will report and write about the uneasy landscape of modern America and American politics.
“Anyone who has read anything by David Von Drehle immediately notices the byline. He’s an iconoclastic thinker and gifted writer who combines a heartland sensibility with a deep intellectual bent,” said Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for The Post. “David has an unerring instinct for the perfect but unexpected word, a willingness to challenge orthodox thinking, a wide array of intellectual interests and an instinctive understanding of the deeper forces driving American politics.”
Von Drehle previously served as an editor-at-large for Time Magazine where he wrote more than 50 cover stories on topics ranging from John Roberts to Michael Jackson, health care to hunting, Isis to same-sex marriage. He was early to grasp the Donald Trump phenomenon and the candidate’s appeal, writing a January 2016 cover story on “How Trump Won.” Von Drehle won the 2015 Deadline Club award for best magazine feature writing, for an examination of the meaning of forgiveness in light of the Charleston church massacre, and is the author of four non-fiction books, including Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year and Triangle: The Fire That Changed America. He previously worked at The Post from 1991 until 2006, serving as New York City bureau chief, national politics writer, Arts Editor, Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the Style Section, and senior writer. Von Drehle worked at the Miami Herald before joining The Post in 1991.
A native Coloradan, Von Drehle graduated from the University of Denver and Oxford University. He and his wife, Karen Ball, live in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo. with their four children.
Von Drehle will join The Post in August.