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Vinson Cunningham

Staff writer, The New Yorker

Vinson Cunningham

Vinson Cunningham joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2016 and has served as a theater critic there since 2019. In 2020, he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for his profile of comedian Tracy Morgan. His writing on books, art and culture has appeared in the Times Magazine, the Times Book Review, Vulture, the Awl, The Fader, and McSweeney’s, where he wrote a column called “Field Notes from Gentrified Places.” Cunningham previously served as a staff assistant at the Obama White House.

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The New Yorker presents CRITICS AT LARGE: Crazy for Crime

Sat May 4, 2024 | 2:45pm

True crime is more popular than ever—but audiences are also reckoning with the ethics of the genre. Patrick Radden Keefe, author of books like “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family” and “Say Nothing: A True Story of Memory and Murder in Northern Ireland,” has made a career of telling nuanced stories about unconscionable acts, and the people who commit them.  In this live taping of The New Yorker’s podcast Critics at Large, hosts Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry, and Vinson Cunningham talk to Keefe about his work, the state of the genre, and writing about terrible things.


Alexandra Schwartz
Naomi Fry
Vinson Cunningham
Featuring: Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry, Vinson Cunningham, Patrick Radden Keefe

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