The New Yorker's Best Reporting of 2020
reviewed by Jon Duelfer
2020 completed my first full-year subscription to The New Yorker. Below, I have compiled what I thought to be the best reporting published in its magazine throughout the year.
The New Yorker has different categories of writing: Reporting, Profiles, the Critics, the Talk of the Town, Fiction, and Poems. It is also famous for its cartoons.
The magazine is published 47 times annually, circulating just over one million copies per issue. That means there are approximately 47 million print issues per year according to Wikipedia. I have not considered any of the online-only pieces published exclusively on their website.
There are a couple issues that I didn’t get to during the pandemic. Two headlines that stood out from these are The Fall of Evo Morales and The Underground Movement Trying to Topple the North Korean Regime.
I hope this ranking is helpful in finding a topic that’s intriguing. Or it could simply be a way to remember the events that have defined 2020. I have tried to rank them on some mixture of compelling, informative, mind-changing, and simply outright enjoyable.
The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning
by Alec MacGillis
How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future
by Jill Lepore
The Elusive Peril of Space Junk
by Raffi Khatchadourian
The Blue Wall
by William Finnegan
The Man Who Refused to Spy
by Laura Secor
The Wrong Way to Fight the Opioid Crisis
by Paige Williams
Why the Mueller Investigation Failed
by Jeffrey Toobin
The Heavy Toll of the Black Belt’s Wastewater Crisis
by Alexis Okeowo
The Fight to Save an Innocent Refugee From Almost Certain Death
by Ben Taub
The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution
by Dexter Filkins
…and the winners…