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journalist , television commentator , author

Elizabeth Drew, American commentator, journalist, writer. Recipient award for excellence Society Magazine Writers, 1971, Wellesley Alumnae Achievement award, 1973, DuPont award, 1973, Missouri medal, 1979, Sidney Hillman award, 1983, Ambassador of Honor award Books Across the Sea, 1984, Literature Lion award New York Public Library., 1985, Edward Weintal prize, 1988.


Drew, Elizabeth was born on November 16, 1935 in Cincinnati. Daughter of William J. and Estelle (Jacobs) Brenner.


Bachelor, Wellesley College, 1957. Doctor of Humane Letters, Hood College, 1976. Doctor of Humane Letters, Yale University, 1976.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Trinity College, Washington, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters, Reed College, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters, Williams College, 1981.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Georgetown University, 1981. Doctor of Humane Letters, George Washington University, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters, Trinity College, Hartford, 2000.


Elizabeth Drew is an American political journalist and author. She currently resides in Washington D.C. Her first journalism job was with Congressional Quarterly beginning in 1959. She was Washington correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly (1967–73) and The New Yorker (1973–92).

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. 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, 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). Washington Journal was re-issued in 2014, with a new afterword.

She was chosen to give the Knight Lecture at Stanford University in 1997. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. as well as to its website. She has also written for Rolling Stone.

Drew is a former director of the Council on Foreign Relations (1972–77). In 1986, the editors of Snooze: The Best of Our Magazine parodied her as "Elizabeth Drone," author of a "Giant Postcard From Washington." In 1989, Spy magazine labeled her as the "author of too-frequent Washington columns." 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.”.



Drew attended Wellesley College, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated in 1957 with a BA in Political Science. She made regular appearances on "Agronsky and Company" and hosted her own interview program for PBS between 1971 and 1973.


Married J. Patterson Drew, April 11, 1964 (deceased 1970). Married David Webster, September 26, 1981 (deceased 2003). Married David Felton, October 14, 2004.

William J. Brenner

Estelle (Jacobs) Brenner

J. Patterson Drew

David Webster

David Felton