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:

David Attenborough’s Planet (We Just Live on It)

Friday, January 19, 2018

The master of the nature documentary shares lessons from a life spent observing life in every corner of the world.  Plus, the nature poet Mary Oliver.

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Planet Attenborough, Plus the Rise of the K.K.K.

Friday, January 19, 2018

David Remnick talks with the master of nature documentaries, David Attenborough, about rats, spiders, and weedy seadragons. And, a look at white supremacy in government—past and present.

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Deportation in America

Friday, January 12, 2018

Examining immigration and deportation from the perspective of a Wisconsin dairy farm, a conservative Washington think tank, and a sanctuary church where a woman is hiding from ICE.

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Tracee Ellis Ross on Being a “Black-ish” Woman and Jon Hamm Gets His Life Back from Don Draper

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The co-star of ABC’s “Black-ish” discusses the ways that black women are and aren’t allowed to be funny onscreen, plus Jon Hamm speaks with Susan Morrison about life after “Mad Men.”

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The Lost Emperor

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

In “The Lost Emperor,” David Remnick writes about how the West Wing has come to resemble the darkest realms of Twitter.

Jerry Seinfeld Gets Technical

Friday, January 05, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld talks with David Remnick about his childhood and the craft of comedy.

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Jerry Seinfeld, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Jon Hamm

Friday, January 05, 2018

Jerry Seinfeld runs down the anatomy of a joke, Tracee Ellis Ross pushes back on “lady chores,” and Jon Hamm mocks Don Draper, gently.

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Trolling the Press Corps

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

A far-right blogger trolls the White House press corps.   

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Jon Stewart’s Children

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trevor Noah, Bassem Youssef, the founders of Reductress, and Andy Borowitz talk satire; and two cartoonists attempt to escape from an escape room.

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Jon Stewart’s Children, and Trolling the Press Corps

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trevor Noah, Bassem Youssef, the founders of Reductress, and Andy Borowitz talk satire; a far-right blogger in the White House looks for a fight.

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Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Leonard Cohen talks about finding peace at the end of his life. And, Christmas greetings from E.B. White.    

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Bonus: Holiday Greetings from Ian Frazier

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Ian Frazier, keeper of a long tradition at The New Yorker, with this year's Christmas poem.

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Children’s Letters to Satan, and a Changing of the Guard at the New York Times

Friday, December 22, 2017

David Remnick talks with A. G. Sulzberger, the incoming publisher of the New York Times. And Kathleen Turner performs as Satan, in an unusual Christmas story.

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Children's Letters to Satan, and Other Christmas Stories

Friday, December 22, 2017

Three unusual Christmas stories from The New Yorker; and The New York Times’s new publisher talks about the future of print and digital news.

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Nicolás Maduro on the Brink of Dictatorship

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Jon Lee Anderson recently interviewed the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, who is consolidating his power as his country collapses into chaos.    

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The Alabama Fallout, and Louise Erdrich on the Future

Friday, December 15, 2017

What does Roy Moore’s defeat in his Alabama Senate race say about sexual misconduct in politics?; and Louise Erdrich imagines a dark future in Minnesota.

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Nicolás Maduro Takes Control, and Louise Erdrich on the Future

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jon Lee Anderson reports from Venezuela, where democracy is on the ropes; and Louise Erdrich imagines a dark future in Minnesota.    

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Don’t Worry, the Robots Can’t Do Your Job—Yet

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A business reporter looks at a surge of advances in robotic technology and sees a looming wave of unemployment that our country is not preparing for.

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Susan Orlean on the Trail of Tonya Harding

Friday, December 08, 2017

Susan Orlean revisits her time on the time on the trail of Tonya Harding. Plus, the F.C.C. is on the verge of ending the Internet as we know it.

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Revisiting Tonya Harding, and the Robots Angling for Your Job

Friday, December 08, 2017

Sheelah Kolhatkar looks at a coming wave of automation that will cost millions their jobs, and Susan Orlean revisits her time on the trail of the disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding.

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