David Remnick

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David Remnick
David Remnick in 2008.jpg
Remnick at the New Yorker conference, 2008
Born (1958-10-29) October 29, 1958 (age 60)
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Magazine editor, journalist, writer
Title Editor of The New Yorker
Spouse(s) Esther Fein (3 children)

David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is a journalist and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. He also has served on the New York Public Library board of trustees. In 2010 he published his sixth book, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.


Remnick was born to a Jewish family[1] in Hackensack, New Jersey, the son of Barbara (Seigel), an art teacher, and Edward C. Remnick, a dentist.[2][3] He was raised in Hillsdale, New Jersey, in a secular Jewish home with, he has said, "a lot of books around."[4] He is also childhood friends with comedian Bill Maher.[5] He attended Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale.[6]

He was graduated from Princeton University in 1981 with an A.B. summa cum laude in comparative literature; there, he met writer John McPhee, was a member of the University Press Club, and helped found The Nassau Weekly.[citation needed] Remnick has implied that after college he wanted to write novels, but due to the illnesses of his parents, he needed to get a job. Remnick wanted to be a writer, so he chose a career in journalism, taking a job at The Washington Post.[citation needed]


Washington Post

Remnick began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982 shortly after his graduation from Princeton.[7] His first assignment was to cover the United States Football League.[8] After six years, in 1988, he became the newspaper's Moscow correspondent, which provided him with the material for Lenin's Tomb. He also received the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism in 1993.[9]

New Yorker

Remnick became a staff writer at The New Yorker in September 1992, after ten years at The Washington Post.[7]

Remnick's 1997 New Yorker article "Kid Dynamite Blows Up", about boxer Mike Tyson, was nominated for a National Magazine Award.[7] In July 1998, he became editor, succeeding Tina Brown.[10] Remnick promoted Hendrik Hertzberg, a former Jimmy Carter speechwriter and former editor of The New Republic, to write the lead pieces in "Talk of the Town", the magazine's opening section. In 2005, Remnick earned $1 million for his work as the magazine's editor.[11]

In 2003 he wrote an editorial in the run up to the Iraq War stating that "a return to a hollow pursuit of containment will be the most dangerous option of all".[12] In 2004, for the first time in its 80-year history, The New Yorker endorsed a presidential candidate, John Kerry.[13]


In May 2009, Remnick was featured in a long-form Twitter account of Dan Baum's career as a New Yorker staff writer. The tweets, written over the course of a week, described the difficult relationship between Baum and Remnick, his editor.[14]

Remnick's biography of President Barack Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, was released on April 6, 2010. It features hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, and other witnesses to Obama's rise to the presidency of the United States. The book has been widely reviewed in journals.[15]

In 2010, Remnick lent his support to the campaign urging the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery and ordering the murder of her husband by her lover.[16]

Remnick provided guest commentary and contributed to NBC coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, including the opening ceremony and commentary for NBC News.[citation needed]

Remnick is also the host of The New Yorker Radio Hour, produced by WNYC and The New Yorker.

Personal life

In 1987, Remnick married reporter Esther Fein in a Jewish ceremony at the Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan.[17] Fein has worked as a reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post.[17] The couple has three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.[4] Remnick is fluent in Russian.[18]



  1. ^ Rosenberg, MJ (May 25, 2011). "Israel: The Ground Shifts". Huffington Post.
  2. ^ Coussin, Orna (February 9, 2006). "How to put a legendary magazine back on its feet". Haaretz.
  3. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. (1999). "1994: David Reminck", in: Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix, Ariz.: Oryx Press. p. 276. Archived April 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Wood, Gaby (September 10, 2006). "The quiet American". The Observer. Retrieved April 10, 2011. "David Remnick was born in 1958 and grew up in Hillsdale, New Jersey, where his father was a dentist and his mother an art teacher."
  5. ^ Hagan, Joe. ""It Won't Hurt You. It's Vapor."". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ Sale, Jonathan. "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker". The Independent. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "David Remnick". State University of New York: New York State Writers Institute.
  8. ^ The Tony Kornheiser Show, WTEM, April 13, 2010
  9. ^ "1993 George Polk Award Winners". LIU. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  10. ^ Harper, Jennifer (July 13, 1998). "New Yorker Magazine Names New Editor". The Washington Times. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News. Retrieved December 22, 2016. – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Salary Guide: Who Makes How Much", New York magazine (2005).
  12. ^ Remnick, David (February 3, 2003). "Making a Case". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  13. ^ "New Yorker magazine endorsement of John Kerry". Retrieved May 9, 2006.
  14. ^ Linkins, Jason (August 5, 2009). "Dan Baum, Fired By New Yorker, Recounting His Story On Twitter". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  15. ^ McNeil D. The bridge-builders. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 2010, 11(4), 459–464.
  16. ^ Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani (July 22, 2010). "Iran stoning case woman ordered to name campaigners". The Guardian. London.
  17. ^ a b "Esther B. Fein Is Wed To David Jay Remnick". The New York Times. October 26, 1987.
  18. ^ Hamill, Pete (May 14, 2006). "Ringside Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2011.

External links

  • David Remnick at The New Yorker
  • David Remnick at Library of Congress Authorities
  • David Remnick on IMDb
  • Interview list
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Interview in British magazine New Statesman
  • "Big Think Interview with David Remnick". Transcript and audio-video recording (36:23) with index. Big Think. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  • Interview in Spanish magazine Jot down, August 2013
  • Covering Trump: what happens when journalism, politics, and fake news collide, a discussion during a live chat at the Columbia Journalism Review with the Guardian and Reuters discussing the dangers of normalizing a Donald Trump presidency, March, 2017
Preceded by
Tina Brown
Editor of The New Yorker
Succeeded by
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