David Von Drehle
Early life and education
Von Drehle was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Aurora, Colorado. He earned his B.A in 1983 from the University of Denver, where he was also a Boettcher Foundation Scholar and editor of the Denver Clarion, the student newspaper. In 1985 Von Drehle graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Literature as a Marshall Scholar.
Von Drehle started his career in journalism at 17 years old, working with The Denver Post as a sports writer from 1978 to 1983 where he was the youngest sports writer that the paper has had. From there he moved on to The Miami Herald in 1985 and stayed on with the paper until 1991 as a staff writer. In 1988 while writing for the Miami Herald Von Drehle was awarded a Livingston Award, which recognizes excellence in young journalism and is given annually to journalist younger than 35 years of age. Von Drehle was honored for a series titled "The Death Penalty: A Failure of Execution". He was 27 at the time of the award, the youngest of the three journalists recognized that year. The piece also garnered 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, and has subsequently been featured in ASNE's collections of America's Best Newspaper Writing.
In 1991 Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for the Washington Post. A year later, he was sent to New Hampshire to cover the 1992 presidential primary, thus beginning his career as a political writer. He went on to be the editor of the Arts section, and the Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the Style section. By his own admission in an article in National Journal Von Drehle says, "I like to change gears every four or five years.". David Von Drehle left the Washington Post in 2006 to become Editor-at-Large for Time Magazine. He has gone on to write 160 articles while at Time. Notable examples include a cover piece on controversial talking head Glenn Beck titled "Mad Man" that appeared in the September, 2009 issue. Von Drehle has also been a recurring contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition, speaking on his interview of Bob Woodward and discussing his book on the Watergate scandal.
Awards and honors
- 1996: American Bar Association Silver Gavel honorable mention for Among the Lowest of the Dead, a narrative history and analysis of the modern death penalty system in Florida; “perhaps the finest book ever written about capital punishment" —Chicago Tribune.
- Sidney Hillman Foundation book prize for Triangle
- New York Society Library book of the year for Triangle
- New York Times Notable Book of the Year for Triangle
- Christopher Award for Triangle
- New York Public Library Book to Remember for Triangle
Works and publications
- Von Drehle, David (1995). Among the lowest of the dead : inside death row. New York: Fawcett Crest.
- Deadlock: The Inside Story of America’s Closest Election, 2001 (an account of the 2000 presidential recount in Florida, written with reporting by The Washington Post political staff; was a source book for the Emmy-winning HBO movie “Recount”).
- Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, 2003 (Sidney Hillman Foundation book prize, New York Society Library book of the year, New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of the Year, Christopher Award winner, New York Public Library Book to Remember).
- Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year was released by Henry Holt and Co. in October 2012.
- Essays and reporting
- Von Drehle, David (April 20, 2015). With reporting by Josh Sanburn, Justin Worland, Alex Altman and Maya Rhodan. "Line of fire". Time (South Pacific ed.). 185 (14): 16–21.
- Weingarten, Gene; Von Drehle, David; Hendrickson, Paul (12 November 2008). "Journalists in Conversation: Gene Weingarten, David Von Drehle, and Paul Hendrickson". The Kelly Writers House. University of Pennsylvania.
- Weingarten, Gene; Von Drehle, David; Hendrickson, Paul (12 November 2008). "Journalists in Conversation: Gene Weingarten, David Von Drehle, and Paul Hendrickson" (Video). The Kelly Writers House. University of Pennsylvania.
- Achenbach, Joel. (December 14, 2012) "Abraham Lincoln: 'Rise to Greatness'" The Washington Post
- "Weddings: Karen Ball, David Von Drehle" The New York Times (October 8, 1995)
- "Past Winners." Livingston Awards.<http://www.livawards.org/DEV/winners/1988.html>
- "Silver Gavel Awards for Media & The Arts (ABA Division for Public Education)." American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice. Web. Mar. 2010. <http://www.abanet.org/publiced/gavel/>
- Lunney, Kellie. "Media People." Academic Search Complete. National Journal. Web. <http://0-search.ebscohost.com.bianca.penlib.du.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=13522150&site=ehost-live>
- "Dearch results for David Von Drehle" Time website