Drew Desmond, Historian & Contributing Writer
Drew Desmond was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He followed into the family business of advertising as a writer, after receiving a B.S. in the same at Southern Illinois University.
Having first discovered Prescott on vacation in 1986, Drew decided to retire there. However, after several more visits, he became hard-pressed to find a reason to wait that long and moved to the area 25 years earlier than planned.
Drew discovered that writing advertisements brought only a limited amount of fulfillment and he decided to turn his attention to writing about the history of Prescott and Yavapai County.
He founded the #PrescottAZHistory blog and commenced spending over 1000 hours a year reading old newspapers, periodicals, and books to provide the research necessary for his weekly articles. Today the blog has welcomed nearly a quarter-million readers averaging 700 each day.
Drew is also administrator of the popular “Celebrating Historic Prescott” Facebook group which provides an image daily and three Prescott history articles per week. His #PrescottAZHistory Twitter account is followed by many local institutions including businesses, reporters, politicians, and even towns.