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:

For a French Burglar, Stealing Masterpieces Is Easier Than Selling Them

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Vjeran Tomic carried out the biggest art heist of his generation: seventy million dollars’ worth of paintings removed from a Paris museum. But that’s where his troubles began.

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How “The Apprentice” Made Donald Trump, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin

Friday, January 11, 2019

Donald Trump’s image got a serious makeover when he became a reality-TV star. It carried him all the way to the White House.  

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An Epic Heist in Paris, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin

Friday, January 11, 2019

The burglar took seventy million dollars’ worth of art from a French museum. Selling it, he found, was harder than stealing it. Plus: the most expensive jobs in Wisconsin.

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The Director Boots Riley on “Sorry to Bother You”

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Riley’s activist hip-hop and his satirical, absurdist film have one big thing in common: a sharp critique of capitalism.  

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Live: Janet Mock and Chris Hayes

Friday, January 04, 2019

The writer and trans activist and the MSNBC host, in live conversations from the 2018 New Yorker Festival.  

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Live: Boots Riley, Janet Mock, and Chris Hayes

Friday, January 04, 2019

Three innovators in entertainment and news, in live conversations at the New Yorker Festival.

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Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

Friday, December 28, 2018

How the late writer captured the heart of twentieth-century United States.

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Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

Friday, December 28, 2018

How the late writer captured the heart of twentieth-century United States.

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Christmas Music Reimagined with Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots

Sunday, December 23, 2018

A bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on Rudolph and the Little Drummer Boy. Plus, the cartoonist Roz Chast hits the streets to raise money for a good cause.

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2018 in Pop Culture

Friday, December 21, 2018

Jia Tolentino, Doreen St. Félix, and Alexandra Schwartz discuss the big culture stories of the year.

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Christmas Music Reimagined with Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots

Friday, December 21, 2018

A bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on Rudolph and the Little Drummer Boy. Plus, the big pop-culture stories of the year, from our panel of experts.

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Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave Brings Surfing to a Crossroads

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A lifelong surfer reports on a machine-made wave that could finally make surfing a conventional sport—and potentially transform its spirit.

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Aaron Sorkin Rewrites “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Friday, December 14, 2018

Adapting a classic novel for the stage, the writer has a few bones to pick with the heroic figure of Atticus Finch.

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Aaron Sorkin Kills a Mockingbird, and Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave

Friday, December 14, 2018

Aaron Sorkin on adapting a 1960 classic to the 2018 Broadway stage. And a lifelong surfer wonders whether an artificial, perfect wave will change surfing forever.  

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Robyn Talks with David Remnick

Friday, December 07, 2018

The Swedish pop star talks about the long and difficult gestation of her latest album, “Honey.” Plus, critic Amanda Petrusich picks three favorites for 2018.

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Robyn Talks with David Remnick, and Claire McCaskill Gives an Exit Interview

Friday, December 07, 2018

The Swedish pop star Robyn describes the journey to her new album. And our Washington correspondent talks with McCaskill as she prepares to leave the Senate.

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Helen Rosner Ferments at Home, Plus Dexter Filkins on Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Our food correspondent conducts experiments with bacteria. And we trace the rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Voter Suppression in the Twenty-First Century

Friday, November 30, 2018

A professor explains how “white rage” shaped, and continues to shape, our democracy. Plus, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon, whose encounter with outside society may prove fatal.

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The Culture of Fermentation, and the Problem of Voting

Friday, November 30, 2018

A food correspondent tinkers with an ancient culinary tradition, and a scholar analyzes the resurgence of voter suppression as a form of white rage.

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Bridget Everett Talks with Michael Schulman

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Auditions give Bridget Everett the shits, but she’s made a career for herself as an actor and a cabaret performer who delights in putting it all out there.  

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