Elizabeth Drew


Biography of Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is an American political journalist and author. Drew is also a well known and respected political commentator and lecturer.

Born, Elizabeth Brenner on November 16, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Drew is the daughter of William J. Brenner, a furniture manufacturer and Estelle Jacobs.

Drew attended Wellesley College, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1957 with a BA in Political Science. 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 makes regular appearances on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

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 13 books, 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); and Citizen McCain (2002); and George W. Bush's Washington (2004). Her most recent book is Richard M. Nixon (2007).

She has taught at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and was chosen to give the Knight Lecture at Stanford University in 1997.[3] Her awards include the University of Missouri's Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, the Award For Excellence of the Society of Magazine Writers, and the DuPont-Columbia Award. She has also received honorary degrees from Yale University, Hood College, Trinity College in Washington, Reed College, the Georgetown University Law Center and Williams College.

She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

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

Drew was married to J. Patterson Drew from 1964 to 1970. She has been married to David Webster since 1981. She currently resides in Washington D.C.

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