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 March 22

American Masala; They've Changed the Way We Eat, Dress, Work and Play. South Asians Come Here from Many Places, and They Succeed by Blending East and West
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Julie Scelfo, With Vanessa Juarez, Lorraine Ali, Jen Barrett, Mary Carmichael, Joan Raymond and Vibhuti Patel; Karen Springen in Chicago; Anne Belli Gesalman in Houston, and Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi Six floors above...
An eEye on Microsoft; an 'Ethical Hacker' and His Company Probe for Security Flaws in the Software That Runs Networks
Byline: Brad Stone Marc Maiffret could be corporate America's worst nightmare. He's 23, he's frighteningly proficient with computers and he seems to have a special aptitude for being able to remotely hack into any network in the world running on...
Art's 'Star Search'; This Year's Whitney Biennial Is Unusually Cheery-But It Can Still Be a Do-or-Die Deal
Byline: Peter Plagens "I'm so nervous, I gave myself a rash," says Cory Arcangel, 26. Arcangel is a video and performance artist; in a week he's got to do the performance part of his gig in the Whitney Museum's just-opened Biennial exhibit of contemporary...
Bad News for the Body Trade; A Cash-for-Corpses Scheme at UCLA Horrifies Families
Byline: Andrew Murr With his toolbox and an ice chest, Ernest Nelson was a familiar face at UCLA's medical school. For six years, Nelson would take his gear up to the seventh floor, where the school maintained a large refrigeration chamber filled...
Capital Ideas
Are you getting all the tax breaks you deserve from your 529 college-savings plan? Maybe not, if you bought through a stockbroker or commissioned financial planner. As tax shelters, 529s can be a quadruple play (if there were such a thing), but you...
Come Fly with Him; DJ Jonathan Schwartz Grew Up in Frank's World
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan As a radio personality, Jonathan Schwartz is an acquired taste. For more than 45 years--against the tides of rock--he's played classic show tunes and ballads by America's greatest pop singers, from Sinatra on down. Schwartz,...
Cruelty Is All They Have Left; for Many Terrorist Groups, Violence Has Now Become an End in and of Itself
Byline: Fareed Zakaria, Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com. Does it matter whether the carnage in Madrid last week was the act of the Basque terrorist organization ETA or of Al Qaeda? Of course there are important differences between...
Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Ever since September 11, a lot of security-minded businessmen and government officials have tried to avoid taking the shuttle plane back and forth between New York and Washington. Instead, it's become almost chic to hop the...
From 9/11 to 3/11; Coordinated Bomb Attacks in Spain-A Stalwart American Ally-Kill 200 People on Passenger Trains and Raise New Fears of Qaeda-Style Terror Assaults. A Special Report
Byline: Christopher Dickey, With Eric Pape and Juliane Von Reppert-Bismarck in Madrid, Stryker McGuire and Liat Radcliffe in London, Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh in Washington Cell phones were vital components in the mass destruction that hit...
Geek War on Terror; It's Hard Enough to Digitally Detect Bad Guys. Try Doing It in a Way That Protects the Privacy of Everybody. This Entrepreneur, Funded by the CIA, Thinks He Has
Byline: STEVEN LEVY Not long after 19 terrorists boarded four airplanes on a rendezvous with infamy, Jeff Jonas asked himself a question: did officials have the necessary information to identify these killers before they took their seats back on...
Howard Dean: The UnNader? It's a Rare Man Whose Real Interest Is the Welfare of the People, Even If There's Not Much Personal Gain. Maybe You Are That Man
Byline: Anna Quindlen Thank you, Howard Dean. You were the right guy at the right time running for the wrong office. It wasn't just those ill-conceived comments that did you in, or even the parade-of-states scream in Iowa, that overplayed sound...
How to Stay Safe in A Dangerous World; Security Services for Executives Are a Growth Industry
Byline: Adam Piore The alarms flashed across Mark Cheviron's computer screen a year ago. Both the State Department and a British security firm were warning of escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire. As vice president for security at Archer Daniels...
Mail Call
Promising Advances in Stroke Treatment Stroke survivors, loved ones of those affected and others who vowed to improve their lifestyles responded to our March 8 coverage of new research offering hope to millions of stroke victims. Readers recounted...
Money for Nothing; They Can Seem like Tempting Investments-Former High Fliers Trading at Dirt-Cheap Prices. but Look before You Leap, and Watch Carefully for a Key Phrase: Chapter 11
Byline: Allan Sloan, SLOAN is NEWSWEEK's Wall Street editor. His e-mail is sloan@panix.com. Alexander Pope, the great 18th-century poet, was a writer, not a financial speculator. But when he wrote that "hope springs eternal in the human breast,"...
Money: Wanna Deal? Click Here
Byline: Linda Stern Here's a confession: I don't like going to stores. I'd be more than happy buying everything from toothpaste to my next car on the Internet. The best part is being able to sit at my computer and play retailers off each other....
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin Q&A: Angelina Jolie She's a single mom to her toddler, Maddox, she tours the world as a U.N. rep and she's just shot a new movie, yet Angelina Jolie found time to talk with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. In "Taking Lives"...
Nobody's Fool; Avril Lavigne Sold 6 Million CDs, and Became an Icon for Kicking Butt, Not Baring It. Her First Interview as She Prepares to Go Another Round
Byline: Lorraine Ali Avril Lavigne is ready to hit the mall. As her tour bus pulls into the parking lot of the Somerset Collection, a shopping center in Troy, Mich., the singer yanks up her sagging tube socks and slips on a pair of retro Vans sneakers....
Olympian Obstacles; This Year, the Summer Games Return to Where It All Began. Greece Has Been Waiting, but Will It Be Ready?
Byline: Mark Starr, With Toula Vlahou in Athens On a recent press tour of what will be the site of this summer's Olympics, organizers proudly showed off Athens' central sports complex, where the glamour sports--track and field, swimming, basketball...
People, It's Only the First Round; Warp Speed: The Ads Are Up. the Fists Are Flying. Only Eight Months to November. A User's Guide to the Presidential Bout
Byline: Howard Fineman and Tamara Lipper, With Holly Bailey The trip from Washington to New York was designed to raise campaign cash and honor victims of 9/11. But aboard Air Force One last week President George W. Bush was musing aloud about......
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources From Top To Bottom, Left To Right: Associated Press (2), Space.Com, Associated Press, NBC, Associated Press, BBC News (2), New York Daily News, Fuse, New York Daily News "This is a massacre." Eduardo Zaplana, Spanish government...
Power and Influence
They are novelists, painters, scientists, athletes, inventors, chefs. They are our friends, our neighbors, our bosses, our doctors. A new generation of South Asians is transforming the cultural landscape of America. Multilingual, able to move easily...
Put Your Money Where Your Movie Is
Byline: Sean Smith Jesus movies probably won't be resurrected in Hollywood. Despite the phenomenal success of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ"--the film is now on track to earn about $400 million in the United States and could outgross "Spider-Man"--most...
Saddam's Links to 9/11? How the Pentagon Made Its Case
Byline: Mark Hosenball Where did Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration hard-liners get the information they used to make controversial comments linking Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda and 9/11? One principal source was a slide show, classified...
Security: 'Anything Is a Target'; Planners Are Spending Almost a Billion Dollars to Keep the Athletes-And All of Athens-Safe during the Games
Byline: T. Trent Gegax, With Toula Vlahou in Athens Until last week's Madrid bombings, Greece was a country where cell phones and large umbrellas were casually passed around metal detectors at high government offices. Athenians, confident they...
Shelter from the Storm? Martha Isn't Going Down without a Fight. She's Clinging to Her Company, and Working the Angles to Stay out of the Slammer
Byline: Keith Naughton and Barney Gimbel, With Lindsey Gerdes Chiara Edmands strolled the pastel aisles of Kmart in Manhattan last week, filling her shopping cart with Martha Stewart kitchenware. She knows the domestic diva was just convicted of...
Terrorist Target or Not, the Danger Is Real; I Know Firsthand That It Doesn't Take Religious Fanatics to Make Life with Nuclear Power Risky
Byline: Catharine P. Taylor, Taylor lives in Pelham, N.Y. It took a full 36 hours for the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island to make an impression on me back in March 1979, 25 years ago. I was a sophomore at a liberal-arts school about 20 miles...
Terror's Next Stop; Are We Any Safer from Attack? Probably Not-And the Threat Is Growing Ever More Diffuse and Hard to Fight. the Changing Nature of Terror, and the Groups Who Are Targeting the Innocent
Byline: Michael Hirsh, With Mark Hosenball, John Barry and Daniel Klaidman in Washington, Melinda Liu and Scott Johnson in Amman and Baghdad, Christopher Dickey in London and Owen Matthews in Istanbul Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi didn't start off life...
The Afflictions of Affluence; What Do Obesity, the 'Time Crunch' and Buyer's Remorse All Have in Common? Well, They're Problems of Wealthier Societies
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson, <B>Correction:</B> In my last column, I misspelled the name of economist Bart van Ark. Apologies to him and readers. It may seem a bit unnatural, but more and more of our social problems and complaints stem...
The Army Goes on Trial; A Soldier Was Stabbed to Death. His Buddies Have Been Charged with Murder. They Blame It on Uncle Sam
Byline: Martha Brant The sign outside the Platinum Club, a low-slung strip bar in Columbus, Ga., promises hot girls and cold beer. To a rowdy group of soldiers stationed at nearby Fort Benning, nothing sounded better. One night last July, Pfc. Alberto...
Westerns: Riding into the Sunset
Byline: Sean Smith Despite a solid $19 million opening weekend for Viggo Mortensen's "Hidalgo," the last Old West drama to gross more than $100 million was Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven," 12 years ago. And while other long-dead genres are enjoying...