Greater Capital Region Teacher Center
September 26, 2000
8:00 p.m. Reading
Main Theatre, PAC
UAlbany, Uptown Campus
(There will not be a 4:00 Seminar)
Photo Credit: Gasper Tringale
David Remnick was named editor of The New Yorker in July 1998. He had been a staff writer at the magazine since September, 1992, and has written over a hundred pieces for the magazine. Recent subjects have included such people as Alekasandr Solzhenitsyn, Ralph Ellison, Katharine Graham, Pope John Paul II, Michael Jordan, and George Stephanopoulos.
Mr. Remnick joined The New Yorker after ten years at the Washington Post. He began his reporting career as a staff writer at the Post in 1982, where over the years 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. In April 1994, Lenin's Tomb received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism. He was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 1998, for his piece on Mike Tyson, Kid Dynamite Blows Up.
Random House published Resurrection (1997) Mr. Remnick's book on the struggle to build a Russian state from the ruins of the Soviet empire, and the first book to cover the recent elections in Russia. A collection of his New Yorker pieces, The Devil Problem (and Other True Stories), was published in August, 1997. His latest book, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, was published in the fall of 1998. The Washington Post Book World said, "David Remnick is no fan of boxing, which he calls 'a sport designed to stun the brain' and 'finally indefensible,' but he gives us an eloquent picture of a man destroyed by his game and ennobled by life. . ."
Mr. Remnick is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and his work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic, among other publications. Mr. Remnick has been a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities.
David Remnick received his B.A. from Princeton University. He resides in New York with his wife, Esther B. Fein, a reporter for the Times, and their three children.