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:

Lisa Brennan-Jobs on the Shadow of Steve Jobs, and Jill Lepore on the Long Sweep of American History

Friday, September 21, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs knew her memoir about her turbulent childhood would inevitably be read as a book about her father, Steve Jobs. Plus, Jill Lepore on “These Truths.”

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs on the Shadow of Steve Jobs, and Rick Bass in the Wilderness

Friday, September 21, 2018

The tech mogul’s daughter discusses her new memoir, “Small Fry”; and, in Montana, a hiking trail pits nature lover against nature lover.  

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Rachel Carson Dreams of the Sea

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Three views of the ocean, from the founding environmentalist Rachel Carson, the documentarian David Attenborough, and the cartoonist Julia Wertz.

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Illeana Douglas Steps Forward

Friday, September 14, 2018

The actress goes on record, speaking about her experiences with Leslie Moonves and how they affected her career.

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Illeana Douglas Steps Forward, and Rachel Carson at Sea

Friday, September 14, 2018

The actress describes her experience with Leslie Moonves, the former head of CBS, who she says derailed her career. And we go to sea with Rachel Carson.

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Kwame Anthony Appiah on the Complications of Identity

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A philosopher of identity says that each of us is more complicated than we realize.  

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Parenting While Deported

Friday, September 07, 2018

A mother, deported to Honduras, tries to parent her children in the U.S. by video call.

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Parenting While Deported

Friday, September 07, 2018

A mother, deported to Honduras, tries to parent her children in the U.S. by video call. And a philosopher of identity explains that it’s even more complicated than we think.

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Rev. Franklin Graham Offers an Evangelist’s View of Donald Trump

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

One of the nation’s most prominent preachers explains his support for the President.    

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For a Palestinian Candidate, a Contested Election in Jerusalem

Friday, August 31, 2018

Ramadan Dabash risks his life to run for a seat on Jerusalem’s city council.  Plus Calvin Trillin, Super-8 auteur.

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An Election in Jerusalem

Friday, August 31, 2018

A Palestinian community leader risks his life to run for a seat on Jerusalem’s city council. Plus: Curtis Sittenfeld at the grocery store; and Calvin Trillin, Super 8 auteur.

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David Simon’s “The Deuce” Charts the Rise of Pornography

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

David Simon talks about the underestimated influence of porn on our society, and Nick Lowe talks about getting old in rock and roll.

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An N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Blows the Whistle on Quotas

Friday, August 24, 2018

Edwin Raymond says that quotas for police activity—which are no longer legal—are still being targeted at minorities.  

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An N.Y.P.D. Whistleblower, and a Tale of Old Times Square

Friday, August 24, 2018

Edwin Raymond called out the police for systemic racism—and lived to tell the tale. And David Simon says that America has yet to reckon with the impact of pornography.

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Three Actors Explain What It Means to be “Presidential”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The actors behind President Whitmore, President Payton, and President Grant on how to convincingly play the leader of the free world.

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Seth Meyers Talks with Ariel Levy

Friday, August 17, 2018

The comedian and late-night host talks about finding his lane on “Saturday Night Live” and his tortured history with Donald Trump.

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Seth Meyers on Donald Trump, and Three Actors on Playing Presidents

Friday, August 17, 2018

The late-night host and “Saturday Night Live” alum recounts his strange relationship with the President, and a panel of experts considers what it means to act “Presidential.”

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David Remnick on Aretha Franklin

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Queen of Soul grew up with music all around her.

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Weeding with Parker Posey

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A writer’s surprising misadventure with Parker Posey, the actress and memoirist.

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Lee Child, “Moby-Dick,” and Other Summer Reads

Friday, August 10, 2018

New Yorker writers on great summer reads, from Eugene O’Neill and “Moby-Dick” to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.

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