About Drew Brown

Drew Brown is a freelance writer and photojournalist from Macon, Ga. He has reported on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for Knight Ridder Newspapers, the former national chain, and Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for U.S. troops serving overseas. 

Drew started in journalism in 1997 as a general assignment reporter for the Times-Georgian in Carrollton, Ga. He was hired in 1999 by the Macon Telegraph to cover nearby Robins Air Force Base and local veterans issues. 

Drew reported from Panama later that year about the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and the end of the American era with the handover of the Panama Canal. He reported from Bosnia in June 2001 about Georgia National Guardsmen serving as NATO peacekeepers in the country and the tensions that remained five years after the end of the civil war. 

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Drew volunteered for overseas duty with the Washington Bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers, the parent chain of the Macon Telegraph. He reported from Uzbekistan and later covered the defeat of Taliban and al Qaeda fighters at Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. He spent more than two months covering the aftermath of the Taliban’s collapse in Kandahar, the group’s birthplace and spiritual capital. He was hired full-time by the Washington Bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers during this period. 

Drew returned to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the summer of 2002, and spent three months reconstructing how al Qaeda fighters escaped from Tora Bora. He interviewed government officials and tribal leaders on both sides of the border and Afghan fighters and commanders who had been in the battle. He and photographer David Gilkey hiked extensively around the battlefield and to nearby villages to interview residents about what had transpired. They are among the few Western journalists to have done so. 

During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Drew accompanied the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division as an embedded reporter. He later spent months reporting from Baghdad on the worsening daily violence and the rise of the insurgency against the U.S. occupation. 

Drew took a job as a writer and photographer with Stars and Stripes in April 2007. During the next three and a half years, he deployed numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded journalist with U.S. troops. He spent two and a half years covering the war against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, and served more time in the two war zones than any other Stripes correspondent to date. He left Stars and Stripes in December 2010. 

Drew won the 2009 photography prize from Military Reporters and Editors for a June 2008 series of pictures that documented U.S. and Iraqi forces retaking the insurgent stronghold of Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad.

Drew served as an airborne infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 1989 to 1993, and is a combat veteran of Operation Just Cause, the 1989 invasion of Panama. He has reported from Panama, Bosnia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait, Iraq, the West Bank and the Philippines. 

Drew is currently living in Southeast Asia and is available for assignment within the region or elsewhere. All public images on this site are available for licensing, with the exception of those copyrighted by Stars and Stripes.