Newsweek

Newsweek is a weekly news magazine covering current events and politics in America. Newsweek magazine is published by Newsweek, Inc. and is headquartered in New York, N.Y. It has been published since 1933 and is currently owned by Sidney Harman. Newsweek covers national news and is the second largest weekly news magazine in the United States, behind Time Magazine. Newsweek was founded in 1933 as News-Week by Thomas J.C. Martyn, a former foreign Time magazine editor. At that time, the magazine cost 10 cents a copy and $4 per year. The name changed to Newsweek in 1937 and it merged with Raymond Moley's weekly magazine, Today. Moley was a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" and to distinguish itself from its competition, Time, which had a similar format, Newsweek carved a reputation for itself as being more liberal and serious in tone. It was the first to assign writer by-lines for its editorial columns. The Washington Post Company bought the magazine in 1961 and its liberal publisher, Katharine Graham, continued to set the publication apart from its two main competitors (Time and U.S. News & World Report). Starting in 2008, the company went through massive restructuring and suffered a reported 50 percent in subscriber rate loss in one year and $28 million in revenue in 2009. The magazine was sold to stereo pioneer Sidney Harman, who is husband to California Congresswoman Jane Harman, in August 2010. Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham's resignation from the magazine coincided with the sale. 52 percent of the readership are men and 47 percent are women. The average age of readers is 52 and 88 percent have either attended or graduated from college. The average personal income of its readers is $99,792.In the 1950s, Newsweek became a leader in in-depth reporting of racial diversity and in the 1960s, under then-editor Osborn Elliott, it became a voice for advocacy journalism, where subjective political positions are countebalanced with facts. In August 1976, Newsweek reported that federal investigators had enough evidence to prove that former Teamsters Union boss James Hoffa was strangled to death July 30, 1974, the day he disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant. The article further reported that the murder was planned and executed outside Michigan. In 1998, Newsweek killed a story about White House intern Monica Lewinsky's sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton. The story broke on news aggregate website, the Drudge Report, which reported that Newsweek's reporter, Michael Isikoff, had gathered enough evidence from sources to publish the story and name Lewinsky, when at the last minute the magazine decided to pull it. Newsweek eventually published the story after the Drudge Report made it public. The magazine is reknowned for its investigative war reporting, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Daniel Klaidman is the Managing Editor.

Articles from Vol. 131, No. 5, February 2

And Baby Makes One: In a Bizarre Clash of the Law and Fertility Techniques, Jaycee Is a Child without a Parent
In a bizarre clash of the law and fertility techniques, Jaycee is a child without a parent The baby was born on April 96, 1995, at 5:10 a.m. after an easy, five-hour labor in a San Francisco hospital. She was bald, had a round face and a robust pair...
Answering Ariel: Britain's Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, Breaks His 35-Year Silence about the Tortured Life and Suicide of His First Wife, Poet Sylvia Plath
Britain's poet laureate, Ted Hughes, breaks his 35-year silence about the tortured life and suicide of his first wife, poet Sylvia Plath Shakespeare manuscript discovered: Bard tells of his affair with the dark lady of the sonnets. Biggest literary...
A Question of Betrayal
In 1992, CLinton swore he wouldn't stray. I know; I was there. If he's broken pledge, can he survive? Super bowl Sunday 1992. After an all-night prep session with consultants, friends and advisers, the Clintons and I are in a suite at the Ritz-Carlton...
Clinton and the Intern
EXCLUSIVE: The inside story of how a flirtatious young woman, a possibly reckless president, an obscure civil servant, a tough prosecutor and a cool lawyer ignited the scandal of the decade. Over the phone, the two women are talking about sex and...
Clinton on the Couch: Would He Risk It All for a Little Sex with an Intern? Look to His Biography - and Biology
Why would he risk it all for a little sex with an intern? Look to his biography and biology. Don't put me on the couch," George Bush liked to say when reporters tried to analyze him. But sometimes presidents belong there. Of all the riddles in the...
Great Expectations
Alphonso Cuaron's Great Expectations has two tough acts to follow: Dickens's great Victorian novel and David Lean's stunning 1947 movie. I'm sure no one will be shocked to hear that this American update, reset on Florida's Gulf Coast and in the 1980s...
Hillary Clinton Goes to War
Behind the scenes, the First Lady distracts herself with damage control. But this time it may not be enough. Different people do different things in a crisis. Hillary Clinton reaches for the telephone. On Wednesday morning, when the intern scandal...
It's All about the Benjamins
You may have had your fill of the Spice Girls, but with a new movie and a world tour, they're still raking it in. Interviewing the Spice Girls is no easy feat. First you wait 45 minutes for them to finish getting their makeup done. Then you watch...
Kurt and Courtney
The big buzz at Sundance was a scathing documentary about rocker Love that the festival was forced to drop The most talked-about film at the Sundance Film Festival is the one they were too afraid to show. Kurt and Courtney, Nick Broomfield's documentary...
Marie Osmond, a Little Bit Broadway
People still love to pick on Marie Osmond. Maybe that's the price of starring in one of the corniest TV shows of all time and saying ridiculously wholesome things like how she turned down the starring role in the movie "Grease" on "moral grounds."...
Newsweek's Decision
Newsweek faced a difficult choice on Saturday, Jan. 17. The issue was to publish or not to publish information that Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office was looking into allegations that the president of the United States had carried on an affair...
Odyssey of a California Girl
A child of divorce, Monica grew up in Beverly Hills privilege--and always craved attention. Monica Lewinsky spent her childhood in the kind of place most kids only dream of--a million-dollar house in swanky Beverly Hills, with parents who drove expensive...
Praying for Time
She's guilty as sin. But her gender and prison conversion may save her. An exclusive Newsweek interview with death-row inmate Karla Faye Tucker. The murders would have seemed grisly even by the rough standards of the Texas frontier. A few hours before...
Preaching to the Masses
Avoiding an overt political message, John Paul II gains unique access to Fidel Castro's Cuba. But what will happen to his church in the months ahead? Shortly after his momentous landing in Cuba last week, Pope John Paul II glided down Havana's Paseo...
Rumble on the Right
Should the GOP blast Clinton--or keep quiet and let him hang himself? Henry Hyde, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was counseling caution: "The charges made against the president and Mr. Jordan are just that," he said last Wednesday...
Sex, Lies and the President
In a swirl of sordid allegations and suspect motives, a 24-year-old woman's shocking story roils Washington and brings the Clinton White House to the brink. How strong is the evidence--and can he fight back? In the White House "family theater" --...
Starr's Galaxy of Investigations
Kenneth Starr was supposed to be looking into a tangled real-estate deal the Clintons made with Susan and Jim McDougal in the '80s. How did the special counsel's Whitewater investigation come to include Monica Lewinsky? A guide to the ever-expanding...
The Legal Lowdown
The charges are flying, the lawyers are spinning and the rhetoric is hot. How to cut through the prosecutorial fog. If the truth is on president Clinton's side -- or if Kenneth Starr can't prove: him a liar -- then the legalities won't matter. But...
The Smoothest Operator
Vernon Jordan fixes problems. But now he's got one of his own. Vernon Jordan has never been a man who's easily flustered. Late last Friday, besieged by allegations that he had encouraged Monica Lewinsky to lie about her alleged affair with Bill Clinton,...
'This Is Sick, This Is Sick.' (Transcript of Taped Conversation between Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky)
Listen in as Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky discuss the details of the alleged affair--and the purported pressures to cover it up The week before Christmas Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp had been subpoenaed to be deposed in the Paula Jones lawsuit....