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:

Reading “The Plague” During a Plague, and Memorial Day by the Pool

Monday, May 25, 2020

A tenth-grade English class tackles a classic that’s become all too contemporary. And, in Peter Cameron’s short story, an angsty teen wages a silent battle.

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Larissa MacFarquhar on a Potentially Deadly Experiment, and Jelani Cobb on the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Friday, May 22, 2020

Larissa MacFarquhar on the ethics of a human-challenge trial, which would infect volunteers with SARS-CoV2 to test a vaccine. Plus, Jelani Cobb on the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

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To Test a Vaccine for COVID-19, Should Volunteers Risk Their Lives?

Friday, May 22, 2020

Larissa MacFarquhar on a potentially lethal form of medical research. Plus, Jelani Cobb on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery; and a short story about a very boring Memorial Day.

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Perfume Genius Talks with Jia Tolentino, and Anthony Lane Examines Outbreaks in the Movies

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The musician talks with Tolentino about releasing an album in quarantine, and the film critic shares his picks from an extensive review of plague-themed cinema.

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Jill Lepore on How a Pandemic Ends

Friday, May 15, 2020

A historian revisits a stay-at-home campaign from the polio years, and three mayors discuss the challenges of ending the lockdown.

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Jill Lepore on How a Pandemic Ends

Friday, May 15, 2020

A historian revisits a stay-at-home campaign from the polio years, and three mayors discuss the challenges of ending the lockdown. Plus, Jia Tolentino talks with Perfume Genius.

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The Pandemic and Little Haiti, Plus Thomas McGuane and Callan Wink Go Fishing

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The novelist Edwidge Danticat says COVID-19 is changing the lives of Haitians, both on the island and in the U.S. Plus, two Western writers look for trout and critique Western writing.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer on COVID-19, Trump, and the Accusations Against Joe Biden

Friday, May 08, 2020

The Michigan governor on guiding her state through the coronavirus pandemic, her public skirmishes with the President, and her support of Joe Biden.

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Trump versus the Governors

Friday, May 08, 2020

Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer on clashing with the President while fighting a pandemic. Plus, Edwidge Danticat on how the coronavirus outbreak affects Miami’s Little Haiti.

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The Pandemic Is Wreaking Havoc in America’s Prisons and Jails

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

With the pandemic putting inmates—who cannot maintain social distance—as well as corrections workers in danger, the movement for decarceration suddenly seems politically possible.

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The Economic Fallout of COVID-19; plus Mike Birbiglia, and Chika

Friday, May 01, 2020

John Cassidy and David Remnick discuss mass unemployment. Plus: the pathbreaking rap of Chika, and Mike Birbiglia imagines his ideal death.

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The Pandemic Crisis Inside America’s Prisons and Jails

Friday, May 01, 2020

With prisoners and corrections officers at risk from COVID-19, states are moving to release some inmates. Plus, the pathbreaking rap of Chika, and Mike Birbiglia imagines his death.

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Bonus Episode: Why COVID-19 Is Killing Black People

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The pandemic has hit black communities uniquely hard. To understand why, Kai Wright explores how racism shows up in black bodies—all the way down to the cellular level.

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A City at the Peak of Crisis

Friday, April 24, 2020

April 15th was estimated to be an apex of COVID-19 in New York. New Yorker writers fanned out across the city to document twenty-four hours at the epicenter.

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Rachel Carson Dreams of the Sea

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Before “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson fell in love with the ocean. Her early writings about the sea and its creatures contain the seeds of what made her so widely influential.

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Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert on the Pandemic and the Environment

Friday, April 17, 2020

Two prominent writers on the environment discuss how the coronavirus pandemic relates to climate change. And a scientist hunts for deadly viruses in their natural habitat.

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Coronavirus and Climate Change, the Great Crises of Our Time

Friday, April 17, 2020

We face two crises of the natural world: a novel virus causing a sudden pandemic, and the ongoing climate emergency. What can one teach us about the other?

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War and Peace and Pandemic, and Roger Angell on Baseball Seasons Past

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The writer Yiyun Li says there is no better book for a time of uncertainty and fear than Tolstoy’s epic. And David Remnick talks with baseball’s greatest observer.

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Amid a Pandemic, Catharsis at Seven O’Clock

Friday, April 10, 2020

David Remnick on New York City’s daily ritual; and how the pandemic lays bare the inequalities of the American health-care system.

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Amid a Pandemic, Catharsis at Seven O’Clock

Friday, April 10, 2020

David Remnick on a city’s daily ritual; how COVID-19 exacerbates the inequities of the health-care system; and Yiyun Li reads “War and Peace” during quarantine.

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