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 Journalists, “Gaza Is Unprecedented,” and Deadly

Friday, January 26, 2024

The death toll for journalists in Gaza is extremely high, and Israel has been accused of targeting them. Plus, a conversation with the Oscar-nominated director Cord Jefferson.

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How Donald Trump Broke the Iowa Caucuses and Owns the G.O.P.

Friday, January 12, 2024

The former President has upended the 2024 Republican contest without participating in a debate, and barely campaigning on the ground. Plus, actress Danielle Brooks on “The Color Purple.”

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Ava DuVernay Wants Her Film “Origin” to Influence the 2024 Election

Friday, January 05, 2024

“Origin,” DuVernay's adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s best-seller “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” may be her most ambitious undertaking to date.

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The Crisis at the Border

Friday, December 29, 2023

Dexter Filkins reports on the chaotic situation at the southern border. Plus, a poet whose writing on the DeafBlind experience is full of humor and life. 

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Bruce Springsteen Has a Gift He Keeps on Giving

Friday, December 22, 2023

After nearly half a century, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a rock-and-roll legend. But, true to form, he hasn’t rested on his laurels.

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Bruce Springsteen Has a Gift He Keeps on Giving

Friday, December 22, 2023

After nearly half a century, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a rock-and-roll legend. But, true to form, he hasn’t rested on his laurels.

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A Harrowing Detention in Gaza

Friday, December 15, 2023

A Palestinian writer is detained by Israeli forces while he tries to flee Gaza with his family. Plus, a story of Christmas at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

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Liz Cheney: Trump Should Go to Jail if Convicted

Friday, December 08, 2023

Once a top Republican, Cheney is calling out former colleagues in Congress, like Speaker Mike Johnson, for “enabling” a would-be dictator. Plus, a live performance from Brandy Clark.

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Dolly Parton “Busted a Gut” Reaching for the High Notes on “Rockstar”

Friday, December 01, 2023

The country legend finds freedom in her first venture into rock. Plus, Jill Lepore, Jelani Cobb, and Evan Osnos on how American democracy got so precarious.

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Bradley Cooper: Conducting Is the “Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done”

Friday, November 24, 2023

Bradley Cooper tells David Remnick that he has spent his life preparing for his role in “Maestro” as the iconic conductor Leonard Bernstein—and it shows.

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A Rise in Antisemitism; and a Conversation with the A.I. Pioneer Geoffrey Hinton

Friday, November 17, 2023

The normalization of antisemitism has the potential to destabilize democracies, a historian says. Plus, the godfather of artificial intelligence on why his brainchild scares him.

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Will the Government Put the Reins on Amazon?

Friday, November 10, 2023

The tech giant is a monopoly that harms consumers and merchants, according to a federal lawsuit. Plus, the director Emerald Fennell discusses her latest film, “Saltburn.”

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A Decade of Black Lives Matter

Friday, November 03, 2023

The mother of Trayvon Martin and others on what Black Lives Matter has achieved in ten years, and what it hasn’t.

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David Remnick Reports on Grief and Rage in the Middle East

Friday, November 03, 2023

Why this is perhaps the hardest story to report. 

Monday Morning International Politics: Israel and Gaza

Monday, October 30, 2023

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and the host of "The New Yorker Radio Hour" reports on his recent trip to Israel and offers analysis of the Israel-Hamas war.

Is there a Path Forward for Gaza and Israel?

Friday, October 27, 2023

David Remnick hears from two sources about how Israelis and Palestinians feel about the October 7th attacks, and what the future may hold for the region.

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Is there a Path Forward for Gaza and Israel?

Friday, October 27, 2023

After returning from a week of reporting in Israel, David Remnick has two important conversations about the conflict between Israelis and Arabs both in and outside of Gaza. First, he ...

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Spike Lee on His “Dream Project,” a Joe Louis Bio-Pic

Friday, October 20, 2023

The iconic filmmaker tells David Remnick how he got his start, how to direct Denzel, and when he’ll retire. Plus, Thomas Mallon on the TV adaptation of his novel “Fellow Travelers.”

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Rodrigo Duterte’s Deadly Promise

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

When an outrageous yet charismatic candidate for president promises to kill suspected criminals, reporter Patricia Evangelista says, we should listen: it may not be just a talking point.

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Werner Herzog Defends His “Ecstatic” Approach to the Truth

Friday, October 13, 2023

The German filmmaking legend says the New York Times is simply “dazed and confused” when it comes to the veracity of his new memoir.

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