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David Remnick
David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written many pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu.
Remnick began his reporting career as a staff writer at the Washington Post in 1982, where he covered stories for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. In 1988, he started a four-year tenure as a Washington Post Moscow correspondent, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” In 1994, “Lenin’s Tomb” received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.
Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine. It has won forty-eight National Magazine Awards, including multiple citations for general excellence, and has been named a finalist a hundred and seventy-eight times, more than any other publication. In 2016, it became the first magazine to receive a Pulitzer Prize for its writing, and now has won four, including the gold medal for public service. Remnick’s personal honors include Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year, in 2000 and 2016, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in 2016.
Remnick has written six books: “Lenin’s Tomb,” “Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia,” “King of the World” (a biography of Muhammad Ali), “The Bridge” (a biography of Barack Obama), and “The Devil Problem” and “Reporting,” which are collections of some of his pieces from the magazine. Remnick has edited many anthologies of New Yorker pieces, including “Life Stories,” “Wonderful Town,” “The New Gilded Age,” “Fierce Pajamas,” “Secret Ingredients,” and “Disquiet, Please!
Remnick has contributed to The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. He has been a visiting fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Princeton, where he received his B.A., in 1981, and at Columbia. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein; they have three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.
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Leonard Cohen and the Divine Voice
A new short film captures some of Cohen’s reflections on creativity and spirituality, and on preparing for the end of life.
By David Remnick6:00 A.M.
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Pete Buttigieg Live, and the History Behind the Irish Backstop
David Remnick asks the candidate about his lack of support among black voters. And Patrick Radden Keefe examines why the Northern Ireland border keeps derailing Brexit.
With David RemnickNovember 1, 2019
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Horror with a Real-Life Message
Jason Blum, Sophia Takal, and others on how the scariest stories are always a little bit true.
With David RemnickOctober 25, 2019
Politics and More Podcast
Ronan Farrow on a Campaign of Silence
The reporter details the efforts by men like Harvey Weinstein to censor their accusers and to intimidate journalists.
With David RemnickOctober 21, 2019
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Nancy Pelosi on Impeachment, and Ronan Farrow on a Campaign of Silence
The House Speaker talks with Jane Mayer about President Trump’s Ukraine call and more. And Farrow details the efforts by men like Harvey Weinstein to intimidate their accusers.
With David RemnickOctober 18, 2019
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Will Hong Kong Bring China to the Breaking Point?
Two writers analyze the precarious situation in Hong Kong, as the region protests against Beijing’s encroachments. And, from the archive, a report about Richard Nixon’s deliberations after Tiananmen Square.
With David RemnickOctober 11, 2019
Daily Comment
“Stupid Watergate” Is Worse Than the Original
Even compared to Richard Nixon at the end of his Presidency, Donald Trump brings us to a different level of crazy.
By David RemnickOctober 4, 2019
The New Yorker Radio Hour
The Looming Shadow of Impeachment
David Remnick and five New Yorker contributors on what it would take to remove Trump from office. Plus, Adam Gopnik on getting old, and a visit to Maine with Elizabeth Strout.
With David RemnickOctober 4, 2019
Daily Comment
The Floodgates Open on Trump
In the wake of the whistle-blower complaint, the President’s disregard of democratic norms has reached a point of crisis. Will more people come forward with damning information?
By David RemnickSeptember 30, 2019
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Cory Booker Looks for His Moment
The Presidential candidate talks with David Remnick about the need for empathy in the era of Trump. Also, the director of “Ad Astra” discusses his early struggles to get a film released.
With David RemnickSeptember 27, 2019
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