Does Latin America get enough coverage in The New Yorker?
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: Does Latin America get enough coverage in The New Yorker?
David Remnick: I think Latin America is the place that’s probably gone with far less coverage than I’d like to see. And the answer to that is very simple. My editorship has almost completely overlapped with 2001 and after September 11th. And so, if our foreign coverage, which I think is more now in the last six, seven years than it’s ever been.
But if we can be faulted for anything, it’s an understandable, I think, obsession with the Middle East, South Asia, China. I’d like to see even more on China. And Venezuela is an exception. But we certainly haven’t paid enough attention to Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and I’d like to see that corrected. But there’s a reason for it.
Recorded on Jan 7, 2008
Remnick's tenure happened to coincide with 9/11 and the subsequent fall out.
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