Gillian Brockell

Washington, D.C.

Staff writer for Retropolis

Education: Northwestern University, MS in journalism ; University of Texas at Austin, BA in history and English

Gillian Brockell writes for The Washington Post's history blog, Retropolis. She has worked for The Post since 2013. As a video editor, she was nominated for an Emmy and won an NABJ award for producing the commentary series “TL;DR.” Previously, she was a producer at Federal News Radio and a flight attendant for JetBlue Airways. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Fodor's Travel and The Washington Post Magazine.
Latest from Gillian Brockell

Md. teen fatally shot was driver in fatal crash two months ago

Three students at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro have died — two of them in fatal shootings and one in a car crash — in less than three months.

May 14, 2023

With MLK and Malcolm X revelations, Alex Haley’s legacy takes new hit

Before questions about his Playboy interview with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Haley faced charges of plagiarism and inaccuracy in "Roots."

May 13, 2023

MLK’s famous criticism of Malcolm X was a ‘fraud,’ author finds

Alex Haley’s transcript of his famous Playboy interview with Martin Luther King Jr. does not match what was published, author Jonathan Eig says.

May 10, 2023

The Koh-i-Noor and Cullinan diamonds: British crown jewels have fraught history

South Africans have demanded the return of the Cullinan diamonds, which will feature heavily during King Charles III’s coronation Saturday.

May 5, 2023

These searing photographs helped ban child labor in America — until now

Some Republican lawmakers are trying to relax child labor regulations, which are rooted in the public outcry over Lewis Hine's photographs.

May 1, 2023

The leak that ruined Ben Franklin’s reputation and spurred the Boston Tea Party

When Benjamin Franklin leaked important letters to American colonists, he asked to keep them private. They ended up in the Boston Gazette.

April 15, 2023

The Southern generals who stuck with the Union in the Civil War

Not every military leader from a Confederate state pulled a Robert E. Lee.

April 9, 2023

Can a Supreme Court justice be impeached? Meet ‘Old Bacon Face.’

Samuel Chase was the only Supreme Court justice to be impeached, after he openly campaigned for a president and told jurors who he thought was guilty.

April 7, 2023

Jewish soldiers held a makeshift Seder in the middle of the Civil War

Union soldiers improvised a Passover celebration near what's now Fayetteville, W.Va. They're being honored with a sign at the approximate site.

April 5, 2023

History’s most famous mug shots: Trump doesn’t join the lineup

From Jane Fonda and O.J. Simpson to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., mug shots reveal the arrests of the famous and powerful.

April 4, 2023