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:

A Trans Woman Finds Her True Face Through Surgery

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hormone therapy couldn’t change the characteristically male bone structure of a trans woman’s face, so she underwent facial feminization surgery.

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Pope Francis the Disruptor

Friday, April 13, 2018

In a new book, the conservative columnist Ross Douthat compares the progressive Pope Francis to Donald Trump—no compliment intended.

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Pope Francis the Disruptor, and the New Law of Baseball

Friday, April 13, 2018

A critic of the pontiff explains why he is surprisingly like Donald Trump, and minor league ballplayers struggle for a living wage.

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Frank Oz on Miss Piggy’s Secret Backstory and Jim Henson’s Legacy

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Frank Oz looks back on some of his most iconic roles, and Naomi Fry shares three Internet treasures.

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Emma González at Home, and a Crown Prince Abroad

Friday, April 06, 2018

The teenage leader of #NeverAgain takes on the fight for gun control. And the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia launches a political charm offensive.

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Emma González at Home, and a Crown Prince Abroad

Friday, April 06, 2018

A teenage leader of #NeverAgain continues the fight for gun control. And the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia launches a political charm offensive.

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How Not to Write a Caption

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

On the Tumblr blog “Shitty New Yorker Cartoon Captions,” two guys craft wrong-headed, vulgar, and hilariously inappropriate submissions to the weekly contest.

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The American Bombs Falling on Yemen

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

At a funeral in Sana’a, a Saudi plane dropping American bombs took the life of a man who might have helped bring peace.

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Account Settings

Monday, March 26, 2018

In "Account Settings," David Remnick reports on Cambridge Analytica and a moral reckoning in Silicon Valley.

Scott Pruitt, the “Originalist” at the E.P.A.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Scott Pruitt made his name as a tormentor of the Environmental Protection Agency, repeatedly suing the agency. Then Trump appointed him to run it.

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The American Bombs Falling on Yemen

Friday, March 23, 2018

At a funeral in Sana’a, a Saudi plane dropping American bombs took the life of a man who might have made peace. Plus; a look at Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. nemesis who runs Trump’s E.P.A.

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A Homemade Museum in a Refugee Camp

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A refugee from Yemen’s civil war walks for miles each day in the desert, picking up objects of all sorts and assembling them into a homemade museum.

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Armando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin”

Friday, March 16, 2018

Armando Iannucci mines the comedy of terror under dictatorship in his new film, about the murderous officials who have to deal with life after Stalin.

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The Death of Stalin, and Tracy K. Smith in the Woods

Friday, March 16, 2018

Armando Iannucci mines the comedy of terror under dictatorship in his new film, and Tracy K. Smith talks about leaving the city to find peace in the woods.

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Illiberal Arts

Monday, March 12, 2018

In "Illiberal Arts," David Remnick writes about Donald Trump and the stress test of liberal democracy.

In Secret, a North Korean Writer Protests the Regime

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bandi is the pen name of a North Korean writer who creates propaganda by day and writes protest fiction in secret.

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Christopher Steele and the Russian Dossier, and a North Korean Poet

Friday, March 09, 2018

Jane Mayer on the former spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the notorious dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia. And a dissident poet opens a window on North Korea.

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Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Dossier

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Jane Mayer explains how the former spy Christopher Steele compiled his infamous “Russia dossier,” a secret report on Trump’s ties to Russia.

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Alone and on Foot in Antarctica

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Henry Worsley set off across Antarctica, on foot and alone. As the journey began to destroy him, his wife faced a painful choice whether to continue supporting his dream.

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Jennifer Lawrence on “Red Sparrow” and Times Up

Friday, March 02, 2018

Jennifer Lawrence on a role combining two big issues: Russian espionage and sexual coercion at work. And a reporter explains how the N.R.A. came to rule Florida.

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