Conde Nast Chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. ended the drama over who will succeed Tina Brown by tapping Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick, 39, as editor of The New Yorker
. Mr. Remnick, said a Conde Nast insider, was the candidate most favored by the weekly magazine's staff as Tina Brown's successor. The staff of the weekly magazine erupted in cheers when Mr. Newhouse announced Mr. Remnick's appointment, according to Conde Nast President-CEO Steven T. Florio. "I couldn't be more delighted," Mr. Florio said. "David understands the history of The New Yorker, and Tina told the troops this morning that he had been instrumental in deciding what was and wasn't appropriate for a New Yorker
piece, in defining a New Yorker
style." Mr. Remnick, a staff writer since 1992 who came to the weekly after 10 years at The Washington Post
, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his non-fiction book, "Lenin's Tomb." His next book, "King of the World," on Muhammad Ali, will be published this fall. He has also been a contributor to The New York Review of Books
, Vanity Fair
and The New Republic
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