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

When Southern Baptist victims reported abuse, lawyers stood in the way

Southern Baptist leaders — like their Catholic counterparts — hid behind their lawyers’ advice rather than hold abusers accountable.

May 24, 2022

Janet Yellen’s blunt talk on inflation is downright heroic

The treasury secretary’s candor may have crashed markets, but it could speed the healing.

May 20, 2022

Ford may have just changed our electric-vehicle future

With Ford's breakthrough, U.S. researchers and manufacturers will need to get cracking to create a robust battery industry.

May 17, 2022

Good-cop France is offering Putin a way out. If only he’d take it.

Where U.S. officials have taken a hard line, Emmanuel Macron has made gentler remarks. But make no mistake: He's on the side of the cops.

May 13, 2022

Alito’s rhetoric on Roe is a smokescreen obscuring true radicalism

Justice Alito's leaked draft opinion on Roe v. Wade claims to be limited in scope. As a matter of law, it is no such thing.

May 6, 2022

Alito’s draft opinion would imperil far more than he’s letting on

Though Justice Alito claims otherwise, his would-be ruling would orphan all manner of rights pertaining to sex and child-rearing.

May 3, 2022

As covid evolves, China’s obstinacy grows — at huge economic cost

China’s draconian "zero covid" goals are hugely misguided and could have far-reaching economic consequences.

April 29, 2022

The New York Times’s new editor will inherit not just a newsroom, but a cult

The daily product the Times puts out is much more than just the expression of a company.

April 26, 2022

Xi’s and Putin’s sick twist on ‘peace’ and ‘security’

To both leaders, “sovereignty” means freedom to commit the ugliest abuses of power.

April 22, 2022

Tiger Woods’s Masters wasn’t perfect. But it was profound.

This is what it looks like when a champion forgives himself for being human.

April 12, 2022