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David Remnick - The New Age Journalist
 
David Remnick was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, to the family of a dentist, Edward C. Remnick, and a teacher, Barbara Seigel, secular Jews whose parents immigrated to America from Russia.  
 
This predefined David's love for Russian culture - later, in 1988, he would work as a correspondent for the Washington Post in Moscow; he speaks fluent Russian.
 
He graduated from Princeton University, where he studied comparative literature, in 1981. He wanted to make a career in literature and devote his whole time to writing novels, but the illnesses of his parents meant he needed to earn money, and, since he had experience with journalism (he helped found The Nassau Weekly in his student years) so he decided to change his plans and went to work as a reporter for  the Washington Post, starting from... football coverage!
 
Very soon he raised in ranks, was awarded the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism, and got a place in the newspaper's Moscow office. This assignment, in 1988, gave him enough material to start working on his novel, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire - one of the six novels he has published up to date. In 1994 he won the Pulitzer prize for  Lenin's Tomb.
 
In 1992 he left the newspaper for The New Yorker, and after just six years succeeded Tina Brown on the post of the editor-in-chief. In 2005 he became one of the highest earning editors in America, making around $1 million. With Remnick in charge, The New Yorker - for the first time in its history - openly  endorsed a presidential candidate, John Kerry.
 
All this time Remnick never stopped writing. In 2010 he published the biography of President Barack Obama, The Bridge, featuring literally hundreds of interviews with people who witnessed the stratospheric rise of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. 
 
And in 2014 Remnick provided guest coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, including the opening ceremony and commentary for NBC News.
 
Sources:
Library.ndsu.edu (http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/research/scholarly/book_reviews/boardman_review2.html)
Wood, Gaby (September 10, 2006). "The quiet American". The Observer.
"David Remnick". State University of New York: New York State Writers Institute.
 

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