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. 132, No. 1, July 6

A Big Win for Chairman Bill
With a court victory, can Microsoft now run the Net? IT'S GOOD TO BE THE KING. JUST ASK Bill Gates. Last week a U.S. appeals court handed the software titan a major antitrust victory, overturning a preliminary injunction against Microsoft. In a strongly...
Agreeing to Disagree
LEMAGIE, 16, lives in Palmer, Alaska. Growing up in a small community split by a controversial issue, I've lived Civics 101 YOUR MOM'S THE ONLY DOCTOR IN THE STATE WHO DOES abortions," my fourth-grade classmate shouted as he bolted across the playground,...
A Master Maneuverer
TCI's chief pulls off the deal of a dealmaking lifetime BATHED IN CAMERA flashes, John Malone smiled stiffly from the stage and seemed almost nervous as he and AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong prepared last Wednesday to unveil the phone giant's...
Amber Waves of Granola, or Flow to Mimic Mother Nature
THE REVOLUTION, IT TURNS out, is happening in Kansas. This is "fly-over country" to coastal urbanites, a region more often associated WITH a fading, idealized past than with radical new visions for the future. But if you drive out to the edge of Salina,...
Another Chapter in the Boorda Matter
IT WAS A LAST ACT OF kindness. In April, as John Dalton prepared to retire as Navy secretary, he signed a memo about the late Adm. Jeremy Boorda. In May1996, Boorda, who rose from the enlisted ranks to become chief of naval operations, took his own life...
A Web of Their Own
Sites like Disney and Lycos want to make the surf safe for kids IN ANY ONLINE FAMILY, THE WEB CAN be a battlefield. It's the parents' job to keep their children from seeing unsuitable material, It's the kids' job to find it. The Web puts the resources...
Dangling at 19,000 Feet
Behind a daring rescue on Mt. McKinley at the peak of a treacherous season THE ROCK LEDGE WAS ABOUT THE size of a large tabletop, a granite saddle hemmed in by icy slopes. Perched just beneath the 20,320-foot summit of Mount McKinley, Martin Spooner...
Demolition Man
'Armageddon' director Michael Bay may just be the future of movies. Will the world survive? IT'S TWO WEEKS UNTIL "ARMAGED-don." Two teams are working round the clock to get the movie finished, and director Michael Bay is sitting at a console in a sound-mixing...
Don't Break the China
Jiang and Zhu are not democrats, but they aren't Tiananmen butchers, either YOU SEE THEM BREATHING HARD on TV or on the op-ed pages--the China breakers, willing to smash the plates of the U.S.-China relationship. Long before the summit, the American...
EKing out a Life in the Ice
How microbes survive in Antartica and might on other worlds WHEN THE WIND FADES IN THE McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, silence settles like fog. You can Hear the blood circulating in your veins, thrumming a bass note. The chocolate and trail mix...
Help 'Independent Spirits'
WANG DAN was jailed after the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989. Freed in 1993, he was rearrested in 1995. He was released into exile in the United States in April. A gulag veteran appraises Clinton's mission PRESIDENT CLINTON IS taking a lot...
Help! Lost Files!
YOU KNOW THE FEELing: your computer crashes and you haven't saved your files. You can avoid it by periodic file transfers to storage disks. But that's not the best solution for small or medium-size businesses, where a crash can provoke a crisis. Saving...
How 'GMA' Went DOA
TV audiences treat morning-show anchors like family members. They even feud with them. Just ask ABC. ABC BETTER HOPE Times Square gets "Disneyfied" fast, because next year "Good Morning America" moves to a street-front studio in the maw of Broadway....
Is AIDS Forever?
MARIAN WESTLEY and ERIKA CHECK Experts now agree that a vaccine is our only hope of stopping the pandemic. The quest to develop one is gaining momentum. TO MOST AMERICANS, THE STORY of AIDS is one of scientists racing to develop better treatments,...
'It's Just Dry, Dry, Dry'
Battling an outbreak of wildfires across Florida IT WAS HOT, DIRTY, DANGEROUS WORK and there was no end in sight. The smoke was everywhere, a 180-mile pall of acrid haze that extended from around Jacksonville to south of Orlando. New fires, touched...
My Yesterdays on 'Today'
WALTERS is an ABC News correspondent. Working on the show gave me broadcasting experience, a wonderful launching pad--and a reputation as 'pushy'. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MR. MUGGS? HE WAS THE CHIMpanzee who cavorted with the cast and occasionally bit...
Online Yellow Pages
Should you let your 'shopbot' do the walking? DO YOU SHOP ON THE WEB? WITH stores coming online faster than cars on a California freeway, it's a confusing place. Snap! Online wants to help. So does Excite, And Compaq. They are among the growing number...
Pumping Up the Volume
Movie sound has been getting better--and louder IF THE OSCAR WERE PRE-sented for most rather than best sound, "Armageddon" would certainly be a prime contender. Rocket launchings, asteroid explosions and toppling buildings push sound to rib-rattling...
Rambling Woman Blues
Lucinda Williams breaks her silence with the rootsy 'Car Wheels' IF YOU'RE A CULT SINGER-SONGWRITER with a reputation for being slightly nutty and extremely skittish about success, here's a good anecdote not to tell. It's the one about how Lucinda Williams...
Setting Boundaries?
With DANIEL KLAIDMAN and MARK HOSENBALL A Lewinsky family friend goes on the record with a surprising new account of the rules of Monica's alleged relationship with the president MONICA LEWINSKY HAD A SE-cret to tell. It was Memorial Day weekend, 1996,...
Skirmish in Beijing
With MELINDA LIU: GEORGE WEHRFRITZ and LYNETTE CLEMETSON in Beijing and bureau reports In the end, scripted summit formality gave way to a pointed public debate on the most divisive issues in the Sino-U. S. relationship WHEN THE UNSCHEDULED program...
The Call of the Wired
MICHAEL MEYER AT&T's industry-rattling deal for a cable giant will make for some strange bedfellows. But this marriage is more about desperation than passion. AT&T IS ONE OF THE BEST-known and most respected companies in the world. Despite...
The End of 'See-No-Evil'
WITH EVAN HALPER The high court whacks employers on harassment BETH FARAGHER WORKED AS A LIFE-guard for Boca Baton, Fla., from 1985 to 1990, using her earnings to help pay her way through college. But for her and seven other female lifeguards, it was...
The Katie Factor
ELIZABETH ANGELL in New York The 'Today' co-anchor has a huge new contract, millions of adoring viewers and a painful private life. A close-up of the star next door. SHE IS NOT A MORNING person-one of Katie Couric's many appealing qualities. She gets...
The Summer of Swat
Home runs are flying out; fans are pouring in. Will Maris's mark finally fall? Hey, beer here! CLEVELAND WAS BEING BOMBED. IN batting practice at Jacobs Field last week, slugger Mark McGwire of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals launched ball after ball...
Zippy Trips on the Web
With DEBORAH BRANSCUM AT&T joins a three-way technobattle for Net access BILL OLSON WAS WELL acquainted with the World Wide Wait, the derogatory name for the Web at its slowest. But that was before last year, when he and his family signed up for...