Christopher Drew

Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Drew is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and a co-author of “Blind Man’s Bluff,” a best-selling book about submarine spying during the Cold War. He won a 2015 George Polk Award with other Times journalists for revealing how the Navy’s SEAL teams have become a global man-hunting machine with little outside oversight.  He teaches investigative reporting at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Drew has worked for The Times in Washington and New York since 1995.  He was the projects editor for the Metropolitan desk when the 9/11 attacks occurred and spent the next seven years as an assistant editor for the paper’s investigative unit, where he coordinated terrorism coverage and other stories.  He reported on the efforts of his hometown, New Orleans, to recover from Hurricane Katrina and dug into the backgrounds of Barack Obama and other presidential candidates.

Drew also has reported for the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  During his 10 years in Washington, he twice won awards for national reporting from the White House Correspondents’ Association.

“Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage” was on the hardcover and paperback best-seller lists for nearly a year.  “60 Minutes” and the History Channel based shows on the book, which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize and honors from Investigative Reporters & Editors. 

Drew has been interviewed on the main broadcast and cable news networks, NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered,” and for documentaries on PBS and the Discovery Channel.  He graduated magna cum laude with honors in English from Tulane University.