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 27

An Immigrant's Faith: The Right to the Pursuit of Happiness Is America's Unique Contribution to Humankind
Byline: Fareed Zakaria One of the pleasures and perils of including my e-mail address (zakaria@NEWSWEEK.com) in my stories is that people use it. Mostly it's a pleasure. But every now and then I get an angry note from someone who adds with ferocious...
A Quilt of a Country: Out of Many, One? for the Most Pluralistic Nation on Earth, It's the Ideal-And the Reality
Byline: Anna Quindlen America is an improbable idea. A mongrel nation built of ever-changing disparate parts, it is held together by a notion, the notion that all men are created equal, though everyone knows that most men consider themselves better...
Back on Our Feet
Byline: Kenneth Auchincloss Slowly, painfully, America got to its feet, shook its battered head and went back to work. The familiar, reassuring rhythms of life asserted themselves. Soap operas and hair-dye commercials reappeared on TV. The baseball...
Connecting in New York: It Was One Tough Town, a City World Famous for Its Attitude. but from the Moment the Hijacked Planes Hit, People Reached out to Those They Loved-Including Strangers
Byline: Jerry Adler At 8:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Andrea Popovich, 24, had her last cynical thought for the year. As she emerged from a subway station near her office in downtown Manhattan, she saw a crowd gaping up at the sky. A woman appeared...
Courage in the Air: In the Face of Death, Passengers Were Able to Stay Calm, Relay Crucial Information to Family and Investigators, and Band Together to Save Other Innocent Lives
Byline: Karen Breslau Crash investigators say Madeline Amy Sweeney kept her composure almost to the very end. As terrorists seized the controls of American Airlines Flight 11, the flight attendant phoned a supervisor on the ground in Boston to give...
Filling the Demand
Byline: Dirk Johnson Old Glory was coming to life in a cinder-block factory in Womelsdorf, Pa. White-haired Frances Majors, 80, sat behind a sewing machine, clutching the stripes on a brand-new flag, guiding the cloth beneath the needle. Tears coursed...
Lost Lives: The Poets Have Tried to Find Words to Express Grief like This. Our Desolation Is Immense. Every One of the Missing Leaves Behind So Much Love
Byline: Written by David France, Barbara Kantrowitz and David Noonan. Reported by Mary Carmichael, Tavia Eveans, Anna Kuchment and John Ness Now there are thousands dead. Most were in their 30s and 40s, ambitious and young and innocent. The stockbroker....
Patriotism: The American Spirit Isn't Always Obvious. but It Informs Everything about the Way We Conduct Our Daily Lives. What Does It Ask of Us in This Shaken World?
Byline: Jonathan Alter In Pleasant Hill, Calif., something unpleasant has marred the surge of defiant pride throughout the community. With Old Glory in short supply everywhere, someone stole four American flags from the main thoroughfare. How patriotic....
Succeeding When It Matters Most: George Bush Has Always Risen to the Occasion. Now That Ability Is More Important Than Ever
Byline: Howard Fineman George Bush wanted to give a speech, knew he had to give a speech. But he wasn't going to ask to address a joint session of Congress until he knew he could give the speech of his life to a nation--and world--that needed the...
The Chief Caretaker: Once Fiercely Private, Laura Bush Stepped Forward to Comfort Her Husband and the Nation
Byline: Martha Brant On the morning of Sept. 11, Laura Bush was in the Capitol, waiting to testify on one of her favorite issues: early-childhood education. As the news broke, she turned her ashen face to the cameras. The Secret Service was anxious...
The End of Irony: Where Were You on Sept. 11? A New Generation Comes Face to Face with Its Defining Moment
Byline: Bret Begun Kirstin Brost, 24, always considered herself "pretty patriotic." Even before terror Tuesday, she kept her Nokia covered with a removable American flag face. She drives an American-made Saturn. But since then, she's stepped up...
The Greatest Men: Nobody Ever Did It Better. What Churchill and FDR Can Teach a New Century about the Art of Leadership
Byline: Jon Meacham The White House, Christmas Eve 1941. In the twilight, thousands gathered for the lighting of the Christmas tree on the South Lawn. America had been at war for a little more than three weeks, pulled into a global struggle by the...
The Heroes: As Terror Struck, Thousands of Courageous Souls Worked across Manhattan, Doing What Needed to Be Done in the Dark Hour. Here Are Nine Stories
Byline: Photographs By Robert Maxwell; These profiles were written by David France, David Gates and Cathleen McGuigan, based on reporting by France, N'Gai Croal, Devin Gordon, Susannah Meadows, Adam Piore and Julie Scelfo Helping Hands Scott Paskewitz,...
The Leaders: The Quintessential New Yorker, Mayor Giuliani Has Set the Standard for Crisis Management: Inspiring, Emotional and as Tough as Ever
Byline: Jonathan Alter Rudy's Moment Every day he pulls on the same boots--a pair of ash-caked black galoshes for the walk down to Ground Zero. But the hats change. When he showed President Bush the wreckage, he wore an FDNY cap, in recognition...
The Nation's Neighborhood: We've Found out Who Our Friends Are-Just about Everybody. Snapshots of Love and Support from across American and Beyond
Byline: This story was written by Jeff Giles and reported by Adam Piore, Brian Braiker, Pat Wingert, Debra Rosenberg, Ginanne Brownell, Abby Roedel, Karen Breslau, Mark Starr, Eve Conant, Brad Stone and Mac Margolis It would be a 24-hour drive from...
The Rescue at the Pentagon: 'Everything Was on Fire,' Said One Witness. but People Still Found Ways to Help Others to Safety
Byline: Sharon Begley As Arlington, Va., police officer Barry Foust sat in his cruiser at a traffic light at about 9:40 that morning, he noticed the plane. Flying nose down, it banked sharply and came hard toward the Pentagon at an odd angle. "I...
Two Men, a Single Goal: In Different Ways, the Fire Commissioner and Head of the Stock Exchange Helped New York Go Forward
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores, Susan H. Greenberg and Franco Ordonez Just as he'd done thousands of times in the past 31 years, New York Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen raced toward the smoke. It was a little before 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, and the North...
Words of Wisdom: In Churches, Mosques, Synagogues and at Prayer Services around the Country and the World, Men and Women of God Struggled to Find-And Share-Their Faith
"The greatest memorial is not to be afraid. The Trade Towers may not be there, and we'll miss them. But that's not what makes us. We are what makes us. You be a tower yourself." --THE REV. CALVIN BUTTS Abyssinian Baptist Church, Manhattan "I...