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masha gessen began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014, and became a staff writer in 2017. Gessen is the author of eleven books of nonfiction, including “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” which won the National Book Award in 2017, “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin,” and “Surviving Autocracy.” Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, LGBT rights, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin, among others, for The New York Review of Books and the New York Times. Gessen is a distinguished writer-in-residence at Bard College and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship, the Hitchens Prize, and the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. Gessen is currently reporting on Russia and the conflict in Ukraine from Russia. Some of Gessen’s recent pieces include “The War That Russians Do Not See” and “Russia Blocks Its Last Independent Television Channel.”
Joshua Yaffa is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and the author of “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.” He has reported on the war in Ukraine from Kyiv. Some of his recent pieces on the conflict include “What the Russian Invasion Has Done to Ukraine,” “Inside Kyiv’s Metro, a Citywide Bomb Shelter,” and “A Sleepless Night of Russian Air Strikes in Ukraine.”
David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998. He joined the magazine in 1992, after ten years with the Washington post, where he was a Moscow correspondent. He is the author of several books, including “The Bridge,” a biography of Barack Obama; “King of the World,” about the life of Muhammad Ali; and “Lenin’s Tomb,” for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Under Remnick’s leadership, The New Yorker has become the country’s most honored magazine, garnering fifty-three National Magazine Awards. In 2016, it became the first magazine to receive a Pulitzer Prize for its writing, and to date has won six Pulitzers, including the gold medal for public service.
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