Rutgers University selects prominent journalist as keynote speaker


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick will deliver the commencement address next month for the class of 2022 at Rutgers University of New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The Board of Governors chose Remnick on Friday as the keynote speaker at its 256th opening ceremony, to be held May 15. The Hackensack native will also receive an honorary Doctor of Letters.

“As a native of New Jersey, I feel extremely honored to deliver the university’s commencement address in May. The Class of 2022 will leave Rutgers at a time of great upheaval – in the world, in our own country – and yet it is the passion and resilience shown by these young people that gives me great hope in our collective future,” Remnick said in the statement.

According to a statement from Rutgers University.

He is also the host of the magazine’s national radio show and podcast, The New Yorker Radio Hour., which airs weekly on public radio stations nationwide.

Remnick began his journalism career in 1982 as an editor for the Washington Post, which led to a four-year tenure as the paper’s Moscow correspondent in 1988. This experience formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empirewhich received both the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction and a George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism.

He is the author of five other books, including a biography of Obama, “The Bridge.”

Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker won a record 55 National Magazine Awards.

Remnick’s personal honors include being named Advertising Age Editor of the Year in 2000 and 2016 and being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016, according to the statement. .

He was a visiting scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations and taught at Princeton, where he graduated in 1981, and at Columbia University.

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