Elizabeth Drew

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Elizabeth Drew is an American political journalist and author.


Elizabeth Brenner was born on November 16, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the daughter of William J. Brenner, a furniture manufacturer and Estelle Jacobs. Drew was married to J. Patterson Drew from 1964 until his death in 1970 and was married to David Webster from 1981[1] until his death in 2003.[2] She currently resides in Washington D.C.

Drew attended Wellesley College, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1957 with a BA in Political Science. Her first journalism job was with Congressional Quarterly beginning in 1959.[3] She was Washington correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly (1967–73) and The New Yorker (1973–92). She made regular appearances on "Agronsky and Company" and hosted her own interview program for PBS between 1971 and 1973. Drew was a panelist for Meet the Press for many years and made frequent appearances The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and still occasionally appears on The NewsHour and other radio and television programs.[4]

Drew was a panelist for the first debate in the 1976 U.S. Presidential election, and moderated the debate between the Democratic candidates for the nomination in the 1984 race.

Drew has written 14 books,[citation needed] including Washington Journal: The Events of 1973-74 (1975), an account of the Watergate scandal; Portrait of an Election: The 1980 Presidential Campaign (1981); On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency (1994);[4] and Citizen McCain (2002); and George W. Bush's Washington (2004). Her most recent book is Richard M. Nixon (2007). Washington Journal was re-issued in 2014, with a new afterword.[5]

She was chosen to give the Knight Lecture at Stanford University in 1997.[6]

She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.[7] as well as to its website. She has also written for Rolling Stone.[8]

Drew is a former director of the Council on Foreign Relations (1972–77).[9]


In 1986, the editors of Snooze: The Best of Our Magazine parodied her as "Elizabeth Drone," author of a "Giant Postcard From Washington."[10]

In 1989, Spy magazine labeled her as the "author of too-frequent Washington columns."[11]

In 2014, former Nixon aide Frank Gannon disputed Drew’s “blithe assertions that Nixon was a Dilantin-addicted alcoholic,” arguing that they were “as untrue as they are ugly.”[12]


  1. ^ "David Webster Weds Elizabeth Drew". The New York Times. 27 September 1981. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ The New York Times. 8 August 2003 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/08/arts/david-webster-72-high-ranking-bbc-official.html. Retrieved 21 May 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (14 May 2014). "Elizabeth Drew's Washington, from covering Nixon to making new friends on Twitter". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Drew, Elizabeth (1995-11-08). On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency. Simon and Schuster. p. 473. ISBN 9780684813097. 
  5. ^ Henneberger, Melinda (14 May 2014). "Elizabeth Drew's Washington, from covering Nixon to making new friends on Twitter". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Elizabeth Drew: 9th Annual John S Knight Lecturer". Stanford University. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Drew". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-republicans-war-on-the-poor-20131024
  9. ^ "Historical Roster of Directors and Officers". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Snooze: The Best of Our Magazine by Alfred Gingold, Editor, John Buskin, Editor Workman Publishing $10.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-89480-118-1". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  11. ^ LLC, Sussex Publishers (1989-09-01). Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC. 
  12. ^ Gannon, Frank. "Book Review: 'Washington Journal' by Elizabeth Drew & 'The Nixon Defense' by John W. Dean". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 

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