Since taking the helm of The New Yorker in 1998, David Remnick has returned the magazine to its profitable glory days. A graduate of Princeton University, he began his journalistic career as a night police reporter at the Washington Post in 1982, becoming the paper's Moscow correspondent in 1988. His coverage of the Soviet Union's collapse led to his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 book "Lenin's Tomb." His latest book "The Bridge," is a biography of President Barack Obama. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein, and their three children.
Question: Will The New Yorker endorse a candidate in 2008?
David Remnick: The New Yorker endorsed a [US presidential] candidate for the first time in its history, last time, and obviously led to a magnificent victory for [John] Kerry as you’ve seen in the last several years.
Yeah, we’ll endorse a candidate, but that’s not the most important thing we can do. The most important thing we can do is to report vigorously on the candidates as they run; and I mean on the Democrats, and on the Republicans, and on any potential third party candidates. That’s the more tough-minded thing. I could probably guess at this point which party the New Yorker would endorse. So probably that question was more interesting the first time than it would be the second time.
Recorded on Jan 7, 2008