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McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series

In Praise of Independent Journalism

Lecture by David Remnick
Editor, The New Yorker

October 28, 2017, at 7 pm
Rowland Hall, 720 Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City
Open to the public and free of charge

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written more than one hundred articles for the magazine, including reported pieces from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, and profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Bruce Springsteen, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves as the host of the magazine’s national radio program and podcast, The New Yorker Radio Hour, which airs weekly.

He began his reporting career in 1982 as a staff writer for The Washington Post, where he covered stories for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. In 1988, he began a four-year tenure as a Moscow correspondent for the Post, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. In 1994, Lenin’s Tomb received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.

Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine. It has won forty-one National Magazine Awards, including multiple citations for General Excellence, and has been named a finalist 156 times, more than any other publication. In 2016, The New Yorker became the first magazine to win a Pulitzer Prize for its writing, bringing home two awards that year. Remnick’s personal honors include Advertising Ages Editor of the Year in 2000 and 2016, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016.

He has written six books: Lenin’s Tomb; Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia; King of the World (a biography of Muhammad Ali); The Bridge (a biography of Barack Obama); and The Devil Problem and Reporting, which are collections of some of his articles from the magazine. He has edited many anthologies of New Yorker pieces, including Life Stories; Wonderful Town; The New Gilded Age; Fierce Pajamas; Secret Ingredients; Disquiet, Please!; The 40s: The Story of a Decade; and The 50s: The Story of a Decade.

Remnick has contributed to The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and The New Republic. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Columbia and Princeton, where he received his B.A. in 1981. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein; they have three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.


Call For Entries


Deadline for Entries: Friday, September 22, 2017

In conjunction with the annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism, students at colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate) in Utah are invited to submit an original essay of 500 words. The winning essayist on the topic listed below will receive a cash prize of $2,500.

ESSAY TOPIC: In a letter dated May 30, 1973, about the Watergate story, Ben Bradlee wrote, "As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men free.”

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE: Friday, September 22, 2017. Email a Word document, typed and double-spaced, to All entries must include student’s name, phone number, email address and name and department of the university or college in which the student is currently enrolled. Essays may be submitted any time prior to the deadline of September 22, 2017.

David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and editor of The New Yorker magazine, will be the guest lecturer 7 pm Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. The lecture is open to the public at no charge. The winning essayist will be announced at that time and the essay printed in the evening’s program.

Contact: Mary Kay Lazarus,, 801.328.8899.

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720 South Guardsman Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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