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 September 2

A Crackdown on Call Girls: The Feds Bust a Prostitution Ring with a Franchise near You
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores As a prostitute in New Orleans in the 1980s, Jeanette Maier thought she'd seen it all. She'd worked for pimps and sugar daddies, for strip joints and escort services. But when an acquaintance told her about something called...
All about Eve: Hip-Hop's Pit Bull in a Skirt Has a New CD-And Is Poised to Become a Hollywood Mover and Shaker. Can Eve Play to Middle America and Keep Her Street Cred?
Byline: Lorraine Ali The Souvenirs of Hollywood shop is packed with gawking tourists, but the owner knows they aren't there to buy the James Dean coffee cup or the Marilyn With Skirt in Air clock. Eve, rap's First Lady and Hollywood's up-and-coming...
Another Pose of Rectitude: U.N. Gender Police Are Peeved Because Belarus Has a Mothers' Award and Too Many Slovenian Children Are Cared for by Family Members
Byline: George F. Will George Orwell's axiom about intellectuals--that some ideas are so silly that only intellectuals will embrace them--needs a corollary that covers U.S. senators: No international agreement is so grandiose in its ambitions and...
Book Clubs: Reading the Situation
Byline: -Asher Hawkins When Oprah shelved her famed book club last April, the big three morning shows--NBC's "Today" show, ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Live With Regis and Kelly"--scrambled for a piece of her empire, founding their own clubs....
Coach till You Drop: In the NFL, It's Win or Else. NEWSWEEK Trailed the Jets' Herman Edwards for a Day in the Hardest Job in Sports
Byline: Devin Gordon The last time Herman Edwards, head coach of the New York Jets, wrote a personal check was 1997. He thinks. "Let's see," Edwards says, glancing up at the ceiling of his terrifyingly tidy office in the Jets' Hempstead, N.Y., training...
Enron: Expensing His Taxes
Byline: Mark Hosenball In a plea-bargain deal last week with federal prosecutors, former ranking Enron executive Michael Kopper admitted participating in several schemes that allegedly defrauded the energy giant and possibly hastened its collapse....
Following Freedom's Trail: The Somali Bantus Have Been Persecuted and Exiled. Soon, Thousands Will Be Coming to America. They're Eager, but They May Not Be Ready for the World That Awaits Them
Byline: Donatella Lorch Abdul Gadir Musa didn't mind the sand and dust, which blew in from the desert through the windows and parched his skin, or the 105-degree heat that lulled his four young children into a silent daze. Lurching across Kenya's...
Hawks, Doves and Dubya: To Move Forward on Iraq, the President Must First End the War between His Troops
Byline: Michael Hirsh It was all in the body language. The temperature was 100 degrees in the shade as President George W. Bush met reporters at his Texas ranch last week. Cows were dying. Buzzards were circling. And there standing next to Bush,...
Hotels: Living the High-Roller Life
Byline: -Tara Weingarten The rich are different from you and me. For one thing, they can afford to blow scads of money in Vegas on such a regular basis that the casinos often put them up free in one of their over-the-top luxury suites. Unless you...
Insurance: Is Yours Safe? the Status of Major Insurance Companies Hasn't Been Questioned since the Early 1990s. Canseco's Troubles Are Your Wake Up Call
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn Creditors started meeting last week to divvy up Conseco, a large financial-services company. Conseco--yes, another hot, mid-'90s stock--missed some interest payments on its debts. If it can't restructure fast, you'll see...
Letters: Fixing America's Looming Retirement Crisis: Readers Send in Their Reactions to Our Aug. 19 Cover Story on 401 (K)
Readers had their own take on the troubled outlook for their golden years as they responded to our Aug. 19 cover story, "Burned! Why We Need to Fix the 401(k)." One wrote, "You outlined a well-thought-out plan to repair a safety net that has failed...
Loving My Neighbor Can Be Hard Work: Being a Good Samaritan Was Always a Piece of Cake-Until I Left My Small Town for the City
Byline: Christy Lenzi I suppose most people have heard the good-Samaritan parable--some poor bloke gets beat up, robbed and left in a ditch to die while two religious types look the other way. Finally, a foreigner comes along and shows mercy to...
Man Behind the Mask: Van Dam's Killer Now Faces Prospect of Death Penalty
Byline: Jamie Reno Brenda and Damon Van Dam hugged and wept as the San Diego Superior Court clerk read the verdict last Wednesday, but the neighbor found guilty of kidnapping and murdering their 7-year-old daughter, Danielle, remained steely and...
More Head Wind for Martha: As Investigators Run out of Patience, the Diva of Domesticity May Be Ordered to Testify in Washington
Byline: Keith Naughton Even when Martha Stewart cooperates with the insider-trading probe that's dogged her all summer, she still manages to appear less than forthcoming. Last week her lawyers delivered more than 1,000 pages of e-mails, phone records...
Newsmakers: This Week: Britney Spears in Us, and a Q & A with Steve Earle
Fighting the Battle of Britney It's been some kind of week in the world of Britney Spears, that pink and sparkly planet that hovers above the media horizon 24/7. The cover of Us Weekly reads BRITNEY & JUSTIN: DID SHE BETRAY HIM? and the story...
One Conscience, 189 Countries: Influential Nations Came to See Robinson as a Royal Pain. the Very Outspokenness That Once Charmed Them Ultimately Put Them Off
Byline: Ellis Cose Mary Robinson is not a quitter, but she knows when her welcome has worn thin. So on September 11 (the date, though coincidental, is rich with symbolism), she steps down as the U.N. high commissioner for Human Rights. During her...
Paging Doctor Phil: Stop Your Whining! Get off Your Backside and Listen Up to the Tough Talk of Oprah's Favorite Shrink, Five Days a Week. He's Now So Big He's Got His Own Show
Byline: Marc Peyser Dr. Phil is not the most gifted tennis player ever to step onto the court, but he's got three powerful weapons: a strong forehand, a wicked serve and a world-class mouth. As a matter of fact, he probably says 50 words for every...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources From Top To Bottom, Left To Right: NEWSWEEK Reporting, CNN, New York Post, New York Times, CNN (2), New York Times, New York Daily News "God is in control. I believe he will vindicate me." Amina Lawal Kurami, the northern...
'Sharon's Government Is Leading Us Nowhere': Amram Mitzna Has His Sights on a Former Nemesis
Byline: Dan Ephron and Joshua Hammer Amram Mitzna had his first confrontation with Ariel Sharon exactly 20 years ago. Seething over the massacre that Lebanese Phalangist militias had just committed against Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker What accounts for the astounding popularity of Dr. Phil McGraw? Why have so many TV viewers and book buyers embraced this burly drill sergeant of a psychologist who tells them to suck it up and deal with their own problems...
The Rap of Luxury: From Cognac to Cars, Hip-Hoppers Have Pumped Sales of Old-Line Brands. Now a Few Stars Are Launching Their Own
CORRECTION PUBLISHED 10/22/02: In "The Rap of Luxury" (Sept. 2) we should have identified a new brand of $40 cigars as Zino Platinum. __________________________________________________________________________ Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts We gon'...
To Fire on Iraq, Use a Trigger: However Justified, America Will Not Initiate a War with Another Country without a Specific Provocation. We Are Simply Not Going to Do It
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Let me make a prediction. If the administration stays on its current path, there will be no conflict with Iraq. However justified the cause, the United States will not initiate a war against another country without a specific...
Tomb Raiders, Beware! the 'Curse of the Mummies' Has a New Way to Strike
Byline: Gretel C. Kovach The assistant's hand trembles as he slices open the two twine-wrapped cardboard boxes. In the dusty silence of Cairo's Egyptian Museum he painstakingly unrolls the bubble wrap, then steps aside to let Zahi Hawass, 55, the...
Travel: If You're Flying That Day
Byline: Kevin Peraino Eric Butler didn't have to think twice about flying on the year's most infamous date. Next month the 31-year-old salesman will jet to San Jose, Calif., for his robotic-equipment company's national sales meeting--which starts...
'We're Not in Crisis Mode': The Feds Hunt for Clues to a Mysterious Viral Menace
Byline: Debra Rosenberg As West Nile virus creeps toward California, an unlikely warrior could provide the first line of defense: the chicken. The familiar fowl make irresistible targets for mosquitoes. Unlike crows, chickens don't get sick from...
Wildcatting for Water: T. Boone Pickens Has a Pipe Dream for His H20. Is He All Wet?
Byline: Karen Breslau He clenches his glasses between his teeth and peers warily at the screen behind his desk. A smear of red arrows means another dismal day for the $200 million energy fund that T. Boone Pickens, the onetime oilman and corporate...