The answer seems to be 66–a count that encompasses everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to contributors who’ve only written a piece or two in the last few years.
The magazine has never published a masthead, but John Koblin pieces one together in this week’s Observer. In addition to those 66 staff writers, there’s an elaborate editorial tower, with positions like “Deputy Fiction Editor,” “Senior Fiction Editor/Staff Writer,” “Assistant Fiction Editor,” and “Fiction Staff.” But it’s all part of being Si Newhouse’s favorite magazine:
“In order to do what we do, we need a sizable staff,” said editor in chief David Remnick in an interview. “We don’t publish 10 issues a year, or 12 issues a year. We publish 46.”