David Remnick

Host, The New Yorker Radio Hour

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.

Since Remnick became editor, The New Yorker has garnered a hundred and forty-nine nominations for National Magazine Awards and has won thirty-seven. In 2001 and again in 2005, the magazine won an unprecedented five National Magazine Awards; in 2014, the magazine won four awards. In addition, in 2000 Remnick was named Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year.

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 BooksVanity FairEsquire, andThe 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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David Remnick appears in the following:

Naftali Bennett and the New Hard Line in Israeli Politics

Friday, June 18, 2021

Israel’s new coalition government includes leftists and an Arab-Israeli party, but nothing seems likely to shake the Prime Minister’s hard line on the Palestinian question.

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The Newspaperman Who Championed Black Tulsa

Friday, June 18, 2021

A. J. Smitherman documented Greenwood at its height, and tried to prevent its destruction in the Tulsa massacre. Plus, David Remnick on what a new Prime Minister will mean for Israel.

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A Rift over Racism Divides the Southern Baptist Convention, Plus, the Fallout from Gamestop

Monday, June 14, 2021

The largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. is in crisis over the group’s response to systemic racism. And our producer asks how the GameStop squeeze happened, and if it matters.

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Jon M. Chu on “In the Heights”

Friday, June 11, 2021

An Asian-American director from California was tapped to adapt Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit stage musical, a love letter to the Latino community of Manhattan. No pressure!

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Jon M. Chu on “In the Heights”

Friday, June 11, 2021

The director talks about his film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical. Plus, the politics of race drives a wedge deep into America’s largest Protestant denomination.

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Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax on Beethoven’s Politics of the Cello

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax explain how familiar music has taken on a new tone during the pandemic.

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A Vaccinated Day at the Ballpark, and Sarah Schulman on ACT-UP

Friday, June 04, 2021

Patricia Marx reviews the new vaccinated seating sections at New York’s baseball stadiums. And the activist talks about the AIDS action group, and its transformative impact on America.

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A Vaccinated Day at the Ballpark, and Sarah Schulman on ACT-UP

Friday, June 04, 2021

Patricia Marx reviews the new vaccinated seating sections at New York’s baseball stadiums. And the activist talks about the AIDS action group, and its transformative impact on America.

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Spike Lee on the Knicks, and Looking Back at a Year of Protest and Activism

Friday, May 28, 2021

The filmmaker is ecstatic about the success of his beloved team. Plus, David Remnick talks with a senior Justice Department official about the President’s promises for racial justice.

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Can We Finally End School Segregation?

Friday, May 21, 2021

A California school district was ordered to end the de-facto segregation that kept many Black and Latino children in a neglected school. What would it take to integrate?

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Can We Finally End School Segregation?

Friday, May 21, 2021

A California school district was ordered to end the de-facto segregation that kept many Black and Latino children in a neglected school. What would it take to integrate?

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“Fire in Little Africa,” A Rap Album about a Historical Tragedy

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Rapper Steph Simon wants to put Tulsa on the map as a rap city—no small feat. To do it, he has to tackle a historical tragedy of epic proportions: the massacre of 1921.

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Joe Biden Wants to Be Like Roosevelt. But Can He Get the Votes?

Monday, May 17, 2021

Are the President’s ambitions grand enough to withstand the realities of American politics?

“Fire in Little Africa,” A Rap Album about a Historical Tragedy

Friday, May 14, 2021

A rapper wants to put Tulsa on the map. Along the way, he has to address a historical tragedy: the Tulsa massacre of 1921. Plus, four staff writers on Joe Biden’s Rooseveltian ambitions.

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The Post-Pandemic Dress Code, Plus Hilton Als on Alice Neel

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The scholar Richard Thompson Ford argues that the symbolic value of what we wear should never be underestimated. Plus, the celebrated critic on a long-ignored painter.

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Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee on the State of the Pandemic

Friday, May 07, 2021

With a hundred million Americans vaccinated, the nation is at a turning point, while India and other nations are overwhelmed by yet another devastating wave.

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The Post-Pandemic Dress Code

Friday, May 07, 2021

A scholar on the symbolic value of business casual. Plus, Atul Gawande on the state of COVID-19, and Hilton Als on the portraits of Alice Neel.

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Three Women Who Changed the World

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The story of three small-town neighbors who fought for both abolition and women’s rights in the nineteenth century—a time when women weren’t supposed to fight for anything.

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Are U.F.O.s a National Security Threat?

Friday, April 30, 2021

After more than seventy years, the government is publicly acknowledging that mysterious sightings cannot simply be dismissed. Gideon Lewis-Kraus explains what’s changed, and why.

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Are U.F.O.s a National Security Threat?

Friday, April 30, 2021

After more than seventy years, the government is publicly acknowledging that mysterious sightings can no longer be dismissed. Plus, Dorothy Wickenden on three revolutionary women.

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