David Von Drehle

Columnist, The Washington Post

David Von Drehle was, for 10 years, editor-at-large for Time magazine, a position he took after several editorships at The Washington Post. It was announced earlier this summer that in August, von Drehle will return to the Postas a staff columnist, writing twice-weekly columns.

Von Drehle began his career in journalism at 17 years old, working as a sports writer for The Denver Post. Since then, he has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and Time. While at the Herald, Von Drehle won a Livingston Award for his 1988 work on a series titled “The Death Penalty: A Failure of Execution.” That piece also earned Von Drehle the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award for excellence in Media and the Arts in 1989 During his tenure with the Miami Herald, Von Drehle also received an American Society of News Editors Distinguished Writing Award. In 1991 Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post, where he went on to become Arts editor and Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the Style section. He left The Washington Post in 2006 to become Editor-at-Large for Time, where he has written more than 160 articles for that magazine.

Von Drehle is the author of Among the Lowest of the Dead, Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election, Triangle: The Fire that Changed America, and Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle earned his bachelor's from the University of Denver, and his Masters in Literature as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University.