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 fifty-three National Magazine Awards, including multiple citations for general excellence, and has been named a finalist a hundred and ninety-two 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 six, 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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The New Yorker Radio Hour
Should the Climate Movement Embrace Sabotage?
Andreas Malm insists that, instead of waiting on the Glasgow climate conference, environmentalists target fossil-fuel infrastructure. Also, a new report documents the lack of Latino stories in media and entertainment.
With David RemnickSeptember 24, 2021
Politics and More Podcast
Jelani Cobb on the Kerner Report, an Unheeded Warning About the Consequences of Racism
More than half a century after the report was published, white America still struggles to acknowledge the Kerner Commission’s conclusion: racism is the root cause of inequality in the United States.
With David RemnickSeptember 20, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Wes Anderson and Jeffrey Wright on “The French Dispatch”
The director and one of the stars of the new film, which is about the writers of a magazine, explain the fictional publication’s uncanny similarities to The New Yorker.
With David RemnickSeptember 17, 2021
Q. & A.
Anand Gopal on the Future of the Taliban
The New Yorker contributor discusses whether the group might rule Afghanistan differently this time, and its long-term prospects for staying in power.
By David RemnickSeptember 14, 2021
Politics and More Podcast
What’s the Future of the Taliban?
The Taliban have taken charge of Afghanistan once again. What comes next?
With David RemnickSeptember 13, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Edwidge Danticat Remembers September 11th
In the long wake of 9/11, the writer meditates on the tragedies that shaped her life. Plus, Jia Tolentino on seeing live music for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
With David RemnickSeptember 10, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Riz Ahmed on “Mogul Mowgli”
The actor and rapper discusses his new film, which he co-wrote. Plus, Senator Michael Bennet on the child tax credit’s monthly cash payments, a revolution in American politics.
With David RemnickSeptember 3, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Reading About Climate Change as the Summer Gets Hotter
Our guest host Vinson Cunningham looks at the joys of summer reading. Plus, Bill McKibben on a climate-change novel that tries to imagine how things might begin to turn around.
With David RemnickAugust 27, 2021
Politics and More Podcast
Dexter Filkins on the Fall of Afghanistan
The staff writer and author of “The Forever War” talks about how the U.S. involvement came to such a chaotic and ominous end.
With David RemnickAugust 23, 2021
The New Yorker Radio Hour
A Lesson from Jacques Pépin, and Dexter Filkins on the End of the Forever War
The cooking guru teaches David Remnick a thing or two about crêpes. Plus, the United States’ chaotic and ominous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
With David RemnickAugust 20, 2021
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