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:

After the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Economy Was Fracked Up

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Obama Administration’s stimulus bill was supposed to fuel a green energy sector. Instead, Eliza Griswold explains, it led to a boom in the highly controversial industry of fracking.

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The Financial Crash and the Climate Crisis

Friday, November 09, 2018

Teasing out the connections between the financial crash of 2008 and the ever-worsening climate crisis.

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The Financial Crash and the Climate Crisis

Friday, November 09, 2018

Teasing out the connections between the financial crash of 2008 and the ever-worsening climate crisis.

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Derek Smalls—Harry Shearer’s Character in “Spinal Tap”—Returns with His Solo Début

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The bassist of the fictional band has struck out on his own, and he talks with Andy Borowitz about his new album.  

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From Mexico, the Reality of the Migrant Caravan

Friday, November 02, 2018

Our reporter spent a week with the migrant caravan in Mexico, and describes the reality on the ground. And progressive women in rural Texas organize in secret.  

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The Rhetoric and the Reality of the Migrant Caravan, and the Return of Derek Smalls

Friday, November 02, 2018

Our reporter spent a week with the migrant caravan in Mexico, and describes the reality on the ground. And the bassist of Spinal Tap returns with a solo début.

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Janelle Monáe, from the Future to the Present

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The pop star has been writing music since elementary school, but her career didn’t take off until she was fired from a job at Office Depot.

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The Stakes

Monday, October 29, 2018

Explosive devices were sent to prominent critics of the President at a moment of national division—one generated by the President himself.

Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Politics

Friday, October 26, 2018

The actor, now playing a fact checker in a play on Broadway, gets properly trained by checkers at The New Yorker. And we follow a pipeline that’s shaking up Pennsylvania.

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Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Janelle Monáe Lives in the Present

Friday, October 26, 2018

The actor gets trained for his next career as a fact checker, and the musician explains how getting fired from Office Depot launched her on the path to stardom.

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Kelela Reinvents R. & B., and Sally Yates Gets Fired

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The singer talks about when it’s necessary to “kill the vibe” in a bad business meeting, the veteran of the Justice Department describes her ten-day tenure in the Trump Administration.  

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In the Midterms, White Supremacy Is Running for Office

Friday, October 19, 2018

Candidates who once cloaked their views on white nationalism, like the Iowa congressman Steve King, are now tweeting about them openly and regularly.

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Kelela Reinvents R. & B., and Sally Yates Gets Fired

Friday, October 19, 2018

The singer talks about when it’s necessary to “kill the vibe” in a bad business meeting, the veteran of the Justice Department describes her ten-day tenure in the Trump Administration.  

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Joan Baez Is Still Protesting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Joan Baez’s music provided a soundtrack to some of the sixties’ defining moments of political upheaval. Half a century later, she hasn’t stopped trying to change the world with her art.

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A Visit with Joan Baez, and a Dire Threat to Voting

Friday, October 12, 2018

The folk-music icon hasn’t stopped trying to change the world with music. Plus a report on the frightening possibility of hacked elections.

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Is Voting Safe?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Russian intelligence has been probing for weaknesses in our election systems. With some states unsecured, is democracy itself at risk? Plus, Henry Worsley across Antarctica.  

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The Long-Distance Con, Part 2

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A successful businessman lost his fortune in a scheme so suspicious that it seemed like a scam. Years later, his daughter confronts the man who took the money.

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Rebecca Traister Is Happy to Be Mad

Friday, October 05, 2018

A leading feminist argues that women have been discouraged from showing anger—but that they need to express it if they want to create change.

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The Long-Distance Con, and Rebecca Traister Is Mad

Friday, October 05, 2018

A woman confronts the businessman, or possible con artist, who took her father’s fortune, and a leading feminist explains why she’s happy to be angry.

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The New Yorker on Stage

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Preview the artists, writers, and actors at this year's New Yorker Festival, plus their recent coverage of the Trump administration