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 Documentary ICE Doesn’t Want You to See

Friday, August 07, 2020

Two filmmakers gained unprecedented access to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. What they found isn’t pretty.

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The Rikers Debate Project, and Isabel Wilkerson

Friday, August 07, 2020

Inmates and former inmates debate the most critical topics of the day, parliamentary style. Plus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explains America’s racial caste system.

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Jeffrey Toobin Explores Donald Trump’s “True Crimes and Misdemeanors”

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The lawyer and the New Yorker staff writer discusses his new book, which examines the Mueller investigation and the impeachment of Donald Trump.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Violence in Chicago, and William Finnegan on the Power of Police Unions

Friday, July 31, 2020

David Remnick interviews the mayor of Chicago about the violence in her city. And The New Yorker’s William Finnegan on the power of police unions.

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The Power of Police Unions

Friday, July 31, 2020

William Finnegan on what the repeal of an arcane law reveals about the conflict among police, protesters, and politicians. Plus, an interview with the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot.

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Black Italians Fight to Be Italian

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Children of African immigrants born in Italy may spend their whole lives there considered foreigners by the law. Some are fighting to change that.

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Emily Oster on Whether and How to Reopen Schools

Friday, July 24, 2020

An economist at Brown University and coauthor of the COVID Explained Web site discusses the seemingly impossible trade-offs required by in-person classes.

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Who Gets to Be Italian?

Friday, July 24, 2020

The children of Black immigrants in Italy are dispossessed by a country that doesn’t offer birthright citizenship. Plus, an economist on whether—and how—to reopen schools.

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Podcast Extra: André Holland on Shakespeare’s “Richard II”

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The actor explains why, in spite of the traditional color lines, Black actors are particularly suited to performing Shakespeare.

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The Perils Prison Reform, and the Vision of a Visually Impaired Artist

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Two writers argue that the most popular prison reforms do almost as much harm as good. And the filmmaker Rodney Evans discusses his documentary about artists with limited vision.

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Chance the Rapper’s Art and Activism

Friday, July 17, 2020

Chance is one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, and one of the most political musicians working today. He talks with David Remnick about the fight for racial justice in Chicago.

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Chance the Rapper’s Art and Activism, and the Perils of Prison Reform

Friday, July 17, 2020

David Remnick talks with the hip-hop star about political change at the local and national levels. And two prison abolitionists talk about reforms that may do as much harm as good. 

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Michaela Coel on Making “I May Destroy You”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Doreen St. Félix interviews the writer, actor, and director about her new series, which turns an experience of sexual assault into a drama with a touch of the absurd.

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The State of the Biden Campaign

Friday, July 10, 2020

Staff writers on how the candidate is campaigning during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times; and David Remnick talks with Representative James Clyburn.

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Michaela Coel of “I May Destroy You,” and the State of the Biden Campaign

Friday, July 10, 2020

Staff writers discuss how the candidate is handling one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times. Plus, a conversation with Coel about dramatizing sexual assault on television.

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Laura Marling, a Briton in Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

The British folk singer Laura Marling listened to a lot of Joni Mitchell growing up, and she went to California to find herself musically.

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Hasan Minhaj and Kenan Thompson

Friday, July 03, 2020

Two comedians walk into a festival.

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Hasan Minhaj, Kenan Thompson, Laura Marling

Friday, July 03, 2020

Two comedians and a folk singer walk into a festival.

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Keeping Released Prisoners Safe and Sane

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In some counties, prisons are the largest providers of mental-health care. What happens when their inmates, who are also their patients, are suddenly released?

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Hilton Als’s Homecoming and the March for Queer Liberation

Friday, June 26, 2020

The writer recalls two days of unrest in his neighborhood in 1967, and how they relate to today’s protests for racial justice. And, in spite of COVID-19, gay pride goes on in New York.

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