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:

Derren Brown’s Big Secret

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

One of the top magic performers in the world, Derren Brown acquired his talent for misdirection in childhood, as he struggled to find ways to conceal what he thought was a big secret.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo

Friday, August 16, 2019

The actress talks about playing a sex worker in HBO’s porn-industry drama, and about how #MeToo highlighted the compromises that all women are asked to make. 

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce,” and the Illusionist Derren Brown

Friday, August 16, 2019

The actress discusses her character’s journey from street walker to director. Plus: a magic performer reveals his secrets to success.

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Ian Frazier Among the Drone Racers

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The New Yorker’s Ian Frazier, holding on for dear life, looks at the birth of a new sport: high-speed drone racing.

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Words and Wounds

Monday, August 12, 2019

President Trump bears out the author’s warnings about the violence of language.

The Rippling Effects of China’s One-Child Policy

Friday, August 09, 2019

Nanfu Wang grew up under China’s one-child policy. But it wasn’t until she became pregnant that she began to question the law.

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The Effects of China’s One-Child Policy and a Final Interview with Toni Morrison

Friday, August 09, 2019

A documentarian examines one of the biggest social experiments in history; and Hilton Als talks with the celebrated writer.

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Toni Morrison Talks with Hilton Als

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Toni Morrison on her last novel, writing in the modern era, and how her father shaped her understanding of the world.

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Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo, Part 2

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

What do you do when a former Al Qaeda official tries to convert you to Islam?

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Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo

Friday, August 02, 2019

The U.S. tortured Mohamedou Salahi and kept him at Guantánamo Bay for fifteen years. He’s no Al Qaeda mastermind, but, even today, he’s virtually a prisoner. Why won’t we let him go?

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Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo

Friday, August 02, 2019

The U.S. tortured Mohamedou Salahi and kept him at Guantánamo Bay for fifteen years. He’s no Al Qaeda mastermind, but, even today, he’s virtually a prisoner. Why won’t we let him go?

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Summer, By The Book

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Yorker writers on some of their favorite summer reads—from a fictional celebrity memoir to three history doorstops to a children’s classic.

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Tana French on “The Witch Elm”

Friday, July 26, 2019

The author talks about how she got started, her latest book, and the impact of Ireland’s economic boom and collapse.

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Summer, By The Book

Friday, July 26, 2019

New Yorker writers on some of their favorite summer reads—from the perfect poolside thriller to a fictional celebrity memoir to a children’s classic.

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Jelani Cobb Talks with the Artist Fahamu Pecou

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Atlanta artist launched a poster campaign titled “Fahamu Pecou Is the Shit.” But his works about black male identity are as serious as they are sometimes funny. 

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Watching the Moon Landing

Friday, July 19, 2019

More than half a billion people watched astronauts walk on the moon. Why do so many people believe it didn’t happen? Plus, three accounts of watching the “giant leap for mankind.” 

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Watching the Moon Landing

Friday, July 19, 2019

More than half a billion people watched astronauts walk on the moon. Why do so many people today believe the footage was fake? Plus, a visit to Atlanta with artist Fahamu Pecou. 

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Tom Hanks Reads His Tale of Going to the Moon

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The actor reads “Alan Bean Plus Four,” his short story about a D.I.Y. journey into space.  

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Carly Rae Jepsen Talks with Amanda Petrusich

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The singer, who never has writer’s block, crafts songs by the dozen to pick and choose for her albums. She spoke with the New Yorker critic and performed “I Really Like You.” 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

Friday, July 12, 2019

The leader of the progressive wing of House Democrats tells David Remnick what she saw at the border and her view of the 2020 Presidential race. Plus, Carly Rae Jepsen performs live.

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