- By Yochi Dreazen
Yochi Dreazen is a Managing Editor for News at Foreign Policy. He is also writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security. His book about military suicide was published by Random House's Crown division in 2014.
Prior to joining Foreign Policy, Dreazen was a contributing editor at the Atlantic and the senior national security correspondent for National Journal. He began his career at the Wall Street Journal and spent 11 years at the newspaper, most recently as its military correspondent. He was born in Chicago, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he edited the award-winning daily campus newspaper and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with degrees in History and English. He was hired by the Wall Street Journal immediately after graduation. Dreazen arrived in Iraq in April 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division, and spent the next two years living in Baghdad as the Wall Street Journal's main Iraq correspondent.
Dreazen has made more than 12 lengthy trips to Iraq and Afghanistan and has spent a total of nearly four years on the ground in the two countries, mostly doing front-line combat embeds. He has reported from more than 20 countries, including Pakistan, Russia, China, Israel, Japan, Turkey, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2010, Dreazen received the Military Reporters & Editors association’s top award for domestic military reporting in a large publication for a series of articles about military suicide and the psychological traumas impacting veterans of the two long wars. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Tablet and the New Republic and he appears regularly on TV and radio programs such as NPR's Diane Rehm Show and PBS' Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. Dreazen gives frequent lectures about journalism, the wars and current events to both civilian and military audiences.
Dreazen lives in Washington with his wife, Annie Rosenzweig Dreazen, and their beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie.
It’s not every day that a rapper with a well-publicized love of guns, girls and ganja hangs out with our nation’s top diplomat. Earlier this month, though, that’s exactly what happened.
In what has to be seen as a top contender for the strangest video of the year, Calvin Cordozar Broadus — the rapper better known as Snoop Doggy Dog, Snoop Dogg or, more recently, Snoop Lion — posted a short clip of himself chatting with Secretary of State John Kerry at a black-tie event on Instagram. The sound is too poor to hear much of what their conversation, but the video ends with a smiling Kerry tapping fists with Snoop Dogg before walking off.
"Boss life. me n john kerry at d white house !!! #reincarnated #khc", Snoop Dogg wrote in the post, somewhat cryptically.
The video was taken at one of the formal receptions the Obama administration threw in early December to celebrate this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees: opera singer Martina Arroyo, pianist and singer Billy Joel, keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine and songwriter Carlos Santana.
During the awards ceremony, Santana, a Mexican-American, had the line of the night when he joked that the "last time I felt like this is when I crossed the border and they gave me a wad of tickets to Disneyland and I rode the rides over and over again."
Some of the loudest applause, though, was reserved for Snoop Dogg, who rolled on stage to rap Cantaloop, the 1993 US3 song that was built around a short sample of Hancock’s 1964 jazz composition Cantaloupe Island.
"Thank you for creating hip-hop," Snoop Dogg said to Hancock after the song.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she didn’t have many details of what was said at the impromptu summit, but joked that Kerry and Snoop Dogg had one thing in common.
"It’s safe to say that between the two of them, they’ve sold 30 million records," she said. A few minutes later, the joke was tweeted from the State Department’s official account.
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 27, 2013