Drogin first joined the Los Angeles Times in 1983 as a national correspondent based in New York City. He traveled to nearly every state and covered the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns. He subsequently moved overseas as a foreign correspondent, serving as bureau chief in Manila and Johannesburg. He reported on Nelson Mandela's election as president of South Africa, the genocide in Rwanda, the Persian Gulf War, and other news from nearly 50 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
He is the author of the 2007 book, Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, which describes the role of Iraqi informant who was a key source for claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The Overseas Press Club of America gave Curveball the 2007 "Cornelius Ryan Award" for best non-fiction book on international affairs. It also won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book prize.
Drogin has won or shared numerous journalism prizes, including an Overseas Press Club of America Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, an International Center for Investigative Journalism Award, and a George Polk Award. He was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University in 1997 and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford in 2006.