NW Quadrant, West of Rock Creek, Woodley Park, Journalists, Radicals, Showbiz, Translators

Whittaker Chambers
(April 1, 1901 – July 9, 1961)

2831 28th St NW, Apt. 42, Woodley Park neighborhood, DC.

Chambers worked as a journalist at the Daily Worker and New Masses, an editor and senior editor at TIME magazine, before reaching international celebrity as a star witness in the Alger Hiss espionage trial. He later worked as a founding editor of National Review, and post-humously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Best known as the author of best-selling memoir Witness (1952), and translator of over 18 books from German and French into English, including Bambi, which was adapted into a Disney animated movie in 1942.

Chambers briefly rented an apartment here in 1935 owned and previously occupied by Hiss and his family.

Photo of author courtesy of Library of Congress.