Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and sought-after expert and commentator on Russia, will deliver the 2014 Commencement address at the joint ceremony for Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestrey on Sunday, May 11, inthe Carrier Dome. Remnick will also be awarded an honorary degree, a Doctor of Humane Letters, at the 160th Commencement exercises.


“As an author and journalist, David Remnick is one of the most insightful chroniclers of world events and the people who shape them,” says SU Chancellor and President Kent Syverud. “He excels at recognizing a great story and knowing how to tell it well, whether the subject is the fall of the Soviet Empire or the rise of Barack Obama.”


A graduate of Princeton University, Remnick began his reporting career at The Washington Post in 1982. After six years, he became The Post’s Moscow correspondent. He joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1992 and has written more than 100 pieces for the magazine. In 1998 he was named editor and since then, The New Yorker has won 33 National Magazine Awards. In 2000, Remnick was named Advertising Age’s Editor of the Year.