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:

The Attack on Gender-Affirming Medical Care

Monday, May 23, 2022

Physicians caring for transgender youth are at the center of a political storm. Many have remained silent, but one pediatrician goes on the record with the reporter Rachel Monroe. 

The Attack on Gender-Affirming Medical Care

Friday, May 20, 2022

Physicians caring for transgender youth are at the center of a political storm. Many have remained silent, but one pediatrician goes on the record with the reporter Rachel Monroe.

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The Attack on Gender-Affirming Medical Care

Friday, May 20, 2022

Physicians caring for transgender youth are at the center of a political storm; one pediatrician speaks out about the battle. Plus, a live performance from Florence and the Machine.

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The Comedian Megan Stalter on Finding Inspiration in American Absurdity

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Stalter speaks with Michael Schulman about her rise on social media, and her role in HBO’s “Hacks.” Plus, a cooking lesson from the chef Andy Baraghani.

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The Battle After Roe v. Wade

Friday, May 13, 2022

If the Supreme Court nullifies federal reproductive rights, where will conservatives take the fight against abortion? Jia Tolentino, Margaret Talbot, and Peter Slevin weigh in.

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The Battle After Roe v. Wade

Friday, May 13, 2022

If the Supreme Court nullifies federal reproductive rights, where will conservatives take the fight against abortion? Plus, a conversation with the Internet comedy darling Megan Stalter.

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Stephanie Hsu on “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The actress, who plays both an angsty teen and an interdimensional supervillain, talks with Jia Tolentino.

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The Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi; and a Look at White Empathy

Friday, May 06, 2022

Our reporter visits the abortion provider at the center of the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion. Plus, how the media depict Ukrainian refugees compared to those from other conflicts.

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Stephanie Hsu on “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Friday, May 06, 2022

The actress talks with Jia Tolentino. And we look at the coverage of Ukrainian war refugees, and the problem of white empathy.

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A Ukrainian Diplomat on the Future of Russian Aggression

Monday, May 02, 2022

Sergiy Kyslytsya, who represents Ukraine at the United Nations, says the U.N.’s flaws come from Stalin’s “DNA.” He fears a brutal offensive in advance of Russia’s May 9th holiday.

A Ukrainian Diplomat on the Future of Russian Aggression

Friday, April 29, 2022

Sergiy Kyslytsya, who represents Ukraine at the United Nations, says the U.N. is flawed because it contains Stalin’s “DNA.” Plus, songwriter Rickie Lee Jones on her chaotic early life.

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Viola Davis on Playing Michelle Obama, and Finding Her Voice as an Actor

Monday, April 25, 2022

In a new memoir, Davis traces how she emerged from a difficult childhood to become one of the most acclaimed actors in Hollywood. Plus, a ride to nowhere with the cartoonist Liana Finck.

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Ronan Farrow on the Threat of Modern Spyware

Friday, April 22, 2022

Pegasus is marketed as a spyware to catch terrorists, but governments have also used it to suppress political opposition. Now tech companies such as Meta are going to battle against it.

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Ronan Farrow on the Threat of Spyware; Plus, Viola Davis

Friday, April 22, 2022

The reporter takes us inside NSO Group, the makers of Pegasus, the world’s most notorious spyware. Plus, Davis talks with David Remnick about her new memoir, and playing Michelle Obama.

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“We’re All Going to the World’s Fair” and a Short History of Movies about the Internet

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The director Jane Schoenbrun’s new horror film is about a teen girl’s coming of age online. She talks with the Radio Hour’s Alex Barron about how movies have depicted the virtual world.

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“A Strange Loop,” Michael R. Jackson’s Black, Queer Coming-of-Age Musical; Plus Jack Antonoff

Friday, April 15, 2022

Jackson’s musical “A Strange Loop” parallels his own struggles navigating the world as a Black, queer writer; plus the music producer Jack Antonoff on growing up Jersey.

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Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop,” and an Internet Horror Story

Friday, April 15, 2022

The playwright, whose musical won the Pulitzer Prize, speaks with Hilton Als. And the director Jane Schoenbrun discusses “We’re All Going to the World’s Fair” and coming of age online.

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Jennifer Egan on the Literary Pleasures of the Concept Album

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The writer—whose new book, “The Candy House,” is one of the year’s most anticipated novels—delves into the musical influences on her writing.

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Anita Hill and Jane Mayer on Ketanji Brown Jackson, and the State of the Supreme Court

Monday, April 11, 2022

What to make of confirmation hearings marked by grandstanding and racial attacks; and how controversy around Clarence and Ginni Thomas is further eroding the Court’s reputation.

Anita Hill and Jane Mayer on Ketanji Brown Jackson, and the State of the Supreme Court

Friday, April 08, 2022

What to make of confirmation hearings marked by grandstanding and racial attacks; and how controversy around Clarence and Ginni Thomas is further eroding the Court’s reputation.

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