Drew, Elizabeth

Born: 1935

Ohio connection: Birth


Elizabeth Drew was born Elizabeth Brenner, daughter of William J. and Estelle (Jacobs) Brenner, in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1957. In 1964 she married J. Patterson Drew, and also began doing freelance writing. She became the Washington editor for the Atlantic Monthly in 1967, a position she held until 1973. Her husband died in 1970. She was a host of the PBS program 30 Minutes With from 1971 until 1973. She then became a writer for New Yorker magazine and a commentator for Washington Post-Newsweek stations, positions she held until 1992. She was married to David Webster in 1981. Drew has written a large number of books on the subject of government and politics, including Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush`s Washington (2004). Some other titles are Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in AmericaPortrait of an Election: The 1980 Presidential CampaignPolitics and Money: The New Road to CorruptionOn the Edge: The Clinton Presidency; and Citizen McCain. Elizabeth Drew resides in Washington, continuing her career as an author.

Society of Magazine writers award for excellence, 1970; Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award and Dupont Columbia Award for broadcast journalism, both 1973; D.H.L. from Hood College and Yale University, both 1976, Trinity College, 1978, Reed College, 1979, and Williams Colleges, 1981; Ladies’s Home Journal Woman of the Year in Communications award, 1977; Missouri Medal for distinguished service in Journalism, 1979; LL.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, 1981.