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The New Yorker's New Editor Comes to Zellerbach Hall

posted November 11, 1998

David Remnick, recently-appointed editor of New Yorker magazine, will hold a public conversation with Journalism School Dean Orville Schell Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in Zellerbach Hall, as part of the Herb Caen/San Francisco Chronicle Lecture Series.

Remnick was named editor last July, replacing the controversial Tina Brown, who brought a glitzier tone to the magazine in an effort to resuscitate failing readership.

Remnick is expected to shift the publication back to the literary and journalistic roots established by long-time editor William Shawn. At the same time, he will try to reverse the financial crisis that has haunted the magazine for the last 13 years.

After graduating from Princeton, Remnick began his writing career as an intern at the Washington Post in 1982, covering the night police beat, sports and style.

He took a four-year break from reporting in 1988 to cover the emerging upheaval in the Soviet Union, which provided the background for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Lenin's Tomb."

The Pulitzer helped him secure a job at the New Yorker as a writer and editorial counselor to Brown. His political savvy and sophisticated writing style caught the eye of publisher Si Newhouse, who gave him the job despite his lack of editorial experience.

The Herb Caen/San Francisco Chronicle lectures, launched in 1996, address the problems of communicating in America as well as changing currents in media, culture and politics. Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO of Oracle, and political cartoonist Garry Trudeau are slated for appearances early next spring.


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