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. 129, No. 19, May 12

A Kennedy Crackup: From Michael's Alleged Affair with a Teen Babysitter to Joe's Divorce, RFK's Kids Are in Trouble
From Michael's alleged affair with a teen babysitter to Joe's divorce, RFK's kids are in trouble THE KENNEDY MEN HAVE always been drawn to water, women and liquor--often with disastrous results. Now it's Michael Kennedy's turn. For years, the 39-year-old...
At War over Women: A Series of Sex Scandals Raises Old Doubts about Whether a Woman's Place Is in the Ranks. but There's Not Turning Back
A series of sex scandals raises old doubts about whether a woman's place is in the ranks. But there's no turning back. BY MOST ACCOUNTS, THE 7,000 men and 800 women in the U.S. armed forces stationed in Bosnia are getting along well--perhaps a little...
Beating the Clock
Finding solutions to the family time bind takes creativity and guts--here's a start. FAMILY-FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS AND changes in public policy can help ease the household-stress overload, but individual ingenuity is still the critical survival skill...
Blair's Britain
He won becuase he appeals to a multicultural society at ease with itself. But does the new prime minister have what it takes to lead his country into the future. HALF THE COUNTRY'S GOT A HANGOVER," SAID ONE Briton last Friday, after an election...
Chelsea Wings Her Way West
She chooses an elite college far from home--Stanford FOR HILLARY CLINTON, IT WAS A tough piece of news. Last week Chelsea, her only child, announced that she would pursue her college degree some 8,000 miles from home. Chelsea, a 12-year-old National...
Chicago's Tribune
Mike Royko earned his clout as the voice of the little guy MIKE ROYKO, THE CHICAGO LEGend who died last week, once dedicated a collection of his newspaper columns to his "legmen." As Royko handed out the books at his home, he inscribed to Pat Wingert,...
Computing's Columbo: Columnist Walter Mossberg Is a Champion of the Technology-Befuddled Everyman
Columnist Walter Mossberg is a champion of the technology-befuddled Everyman THE OTHER DAY WALTER MOSSBERG was on his hands and knees on the floor, looking up at his new office computer. The damn thing wasn't converting files from another machine....
Covering the World: Boeing Signs to an Ambitious Plan to Put the Internet in Space
Boeing signs on to an ambitious plan to put the Internet into space. BACK IN 1990 MICROsoft overlord Bill Gates and cellular-telephone pioneer Craig McCaw introduced what was arguably the most audacious plan in modern telecommunications: a network...
Down to Business
The glitzy Summit is over. Now the hard work begins for corporate America and the press. COLIN POWELL HAS HIS WORK CUT OUT for him. The nonprofit army he will now command is so comically disorganized that the day after the Presidents' Summit for...
Fountain of Annihilation: Astronomers Find an Antimatter Geyser in the Sky
Astronomers find an antimatter geyser in the sky WILLIAM PURCELL'S GOAL WAS modest, if any research on the mysteries of deep space can be called modest. Back in 1974 astronomers had discovered that the center of our Milky Way galaxy teems with antimatter,...
Going, Going, Gone in Hong Kong? Jitters in the Primary Source for Chinese Antiques
Jitters in the primary source for Chinese antiques LAST TUESDAY IN HONG KONG AN auction crowd gasped, then broke into boisterous applause when a unique Qing-dynasty (18th-century) bowl, decorated with puce landscapes, fetched a record bid of $2.8...
How Big Is Yours?
This summer, studios bring out their blockbusters and engage in the most macho round of one-upmanship ever. With $1.5 billion in budgets at stake, everybody's asking ... IT CAME TO HIM IN A dream. Jan De Bont, the director of "Speed" and "Twister,"...
How Tony Blair Won
How Tony Blair Won Labour's landslide was not preordained. But when the Tories fell apart, they guaranteed their own humiliation. IT WAS A SATURDAY, MARCH 15, AND Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's press secretary, knew that he had only a few days...
King of 'Spam' and Proud of It: Sanford Wallace Defends His Junk E-Mail Empire
Sanford Wallace defends his junk e-mail empire IN THE OLD DAYS, READING E-MAIL was fun; in fact, awakening to an empty mailbox was something of a disappointment. Now, when cubicle workers log on in the morning, their mailboxes are likely to be overflowing--not...
Murder Close to Home: When a Brutal, Senseless Crime Strikes Our Quiet Community, We Are Changed Forever
When a brutal, senseless crime strikes our quiet community, we are changed forever I LEARN ABOUT THE MURDER BY CHANCE. DRIVING through my tranquil neighborhood, I am confronted by a chilling sight: yellow police tape around a house and scores of...
Playgrounds of the Future: They Ain't Got Swing
ON A SUNNY SUNDAY AFternoon, seventh grader Josh Hartley is helping to build a wet-sand dam at Jack Fischer Park in his hometown of Campbell, Calif. A 6-year-old "reinforces" the dam with twigs. Another presses a button that floods a concrete channel...
Secrets of the Budget
A conservative argues that the real news about the deal is the subtle squeeze it will put on liberals IN RIGHT-WING WASHINGTON SOME Republicans are fuming about the tentative budget deal President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott--two...
Sending an SOS at ABC: Disney May Shuffle More Than Its Network's Program Schedule to Halt a Steep Ratings Slide
LAST WEEK ABC MADE TELEVISION history. But unlike the "Ellen" trimph, this was one the network would rather have kept in the closet. We're talking about the previous Saturday, when ABC managed to break a longstanding record for the leastwatched evening,...
Shutting Down a Siege: In Texas, an Armed Standoff Comes to a Sudden End
THE CONQUISTADORS had a name for this land--despoblado, or El Paso unpopulated. Much of West Texas remains that way: the mile-high town of Fort Davis is 88 miles from Davis Mts. the nearest Wal-Mart. Last week "the Republic of Texas"--an extremist...
The Color Bind
Thanks to a court order, a law school discovers that without an affirmativeaction program its student body will be too white for comfort EVER SINCE A FEDERAL COURT OUTLAWED affirmative action at the University of Texas, Austin, law school last year,...
The Mice Roar
While the summer blockbusters slug it out, some small gems will find a grown-up audience The Mice Roar THE OSCARS THIS year were read as a David and Goliath morality tale in which the scruffy but noble independents vanquished the lumberhag, overstuffed...
The Myth of Quality Time
Kids don't do meetings. You can't raise them in short, scheduled bursts. They need lots of attention, and experts warn that working Pharents may be shortchanging them. FOR THE NEW YORK LAWYER, IT ALL HIT HOME in the grocery store. She had stopped...
Time Bind? What Time Bind?
If you're feeling stressed out and exhausted--get over it. A provocative new book argues that we actually have more free time now than ever. SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE NO TIME for your kids, no time to sleep, read, cook, exercise, socialize--in short,...
Ultra
Surviving an overdose and breakdowns, Depeche Mode emerges with a powerful new album; 'Ultra' THE MEMBERS OF DEPECHE MODE aren't a typically cheerful lot, but they're really trying. It's several hours into a very long day at the BBC studios outside...
Washington's African Move
With Mobutu's brutal regime drawing to a close, the United States wrests control from France EXCEPT FOR THE FINAL FORMALITY of surrender, defeat or death, by last week, it was all over for Mobutu Sese Seko. The dying dictator of Zaire had clearly...
We 'Did Not Kill Her.' (Parents of Slain Child JonBenet Ramsey)
JonBenet's parents break their silence, talking to the cops and taking their case to the country. Behind their surprise move. IT LOOKED LIKE ANY OTHER CHEERLESS government office: drab walls, lightless windows, hard, utilitarian furniture. But the...