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 August 1

A Dying Mother's Final Prayer
Byline: Martha Brant For the pro-life movement, the center of gravity these days isn't the Supreme Court, but the Virginia Hospital Center just across the Potomac River from the Capitol. That is where 26-year-old Susan Torres lies, brain-dead, her...
Aging: Small Is Beautiful; the Newest Thing in End-of-Life Care: Residences That Look-And Feel-Like the House You've Lived in All Your Life
Byline: Claudia Kalb and Vanessa Juarez (With Nomi Morris) Dorothy Green had always been an independent woman. A Cadillac-driving, mink-coat-wearing, Tiparillo-smoking woman. So it was especially hard on her family members when they realized that...
Back to School Guide
Byline: Current: The staff of Current, a student-run college magazine, helped prepare this special section. A student's dorm is his 11'x14' slice of heaven. To help undergrads make the most of it, we asked a student designer, a New York architecture...
Baking in the 'Burbs; Reefer Madness, from the Little Network That Might
Byline: Marc Peyser It's the morning of the Emmy nominations, and the folks on "Good Morning America" are recapping the chosen ones. They're just getting to best actor in a drama series. Diane Sawyer: "And Hank Azaria, of course, of 'Huff,' which...
Deals: Don't Count 'Baby CNOOC' Out
Byline: Allan Sloan with Sarah Schafer Even when China seems to be playing the economic game by Western rules, it does so in its own way in matters from currency to takeovers. After years of complaints by the United States and other Western countries,...
Diamond in the Rough; at 64, Neil Diamond Is a Comeback Kid, with a Hot-Ticket Summer Tour and a Stripped-Down New Album
Byline: Lorraine Ali At least half a dozen framed works of needlepoint cover the office and bathroom walls of Neil Diamond's Los Angeles studio. Some are portraits of the singer sewn by fans, others are their homespun renditions of album covers;...
Entrepreneurs: Give Me MySpace, Dude! A Homegrown Web Site That Turned Music Fandom into Gold
Byline: Brad Stone Tom Anderson is living a slightly altered but wholly modern version of the rock-and-roll dream. His San Francisco indie band, Swank, lived and died in musical obscurity in the late 1990s. But while he failed as a musician, the...
How to Stop the Contagion; This Is Battle, Not an Academic Seminar. We in the West Have to Discredit, Delegitimize and Dismantle Barbaric Ideas
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) If you want to understand what motivates suicide bombers, watch the recent movie "Downfall." Based on eyewitness accounts, it chronicles the final days inside Hitler's bunker....
It Can Happen Anywhere; the Killers of the Global Jihad Have Only One Way of Showing They're Alive and Active: More Carnage
Byline: Michael Hirsh, Mark Hosenball and Kevin Peraino (With Stryker Mcguire, Emily Flynn and William Underhill in London, Christopher Dickey in Paris, Gameela Ismail in Sharm al-Sheikh, Zahid Hussain and Ron Moreau in Islamabad, Sami Yousafzai in...
Judging Roberts; He's Conservative, but Apolitical; Confident, Not Cocky. Inside a Deliberate Mind
Byline: Evan Thomas and Stuart Taylor Jr. (With Daniel Klaidman, Debra Rosenberg, T. Trent gegax, Arian Campo-Flores, Susannah Meadows, Pat Wingert and Jessica Silver-Greenberg Graphic by John Sparks) True believers on the left and the right, hoping...
Keepin' It on the Download; at First It Was Just Music. Now Companies from Hollywood to Major-League Sports-To TV News-Are Racing to Cash in. Inside the 'Digitainment' Gold Rush
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts (With Nicole Joseph in New York Illustration by Dustin Amery Hostetler) When--or if--the Discovery blasts off this week, cyberspace will have all the angles covered. AOL--fresh from its highly acclaimed continent-to-continent...
Leak Investigation: The Russert Deal-What It Reveals
Byline: Michael Isikoff A deal that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald cut last year for NBC "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert's testimony may shed light on the emerging White House defense in the Valerie Plame leak case. The agreement between Fitzgerald...
Miseducating Investors; the SEC Won't Touch Anything That Appears to Help Firms, Including Getting More People Covered by 401(k)s. as Homer Would Say, 'Doh!'
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) After the first of the wall street scandals, 10 bad-guy investment firms paid $1.4 billion in fines. They floated slow apologies. They were kinda sorry their lying analysts had hyped...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Devin Gordon Tommy Lee One of the most famous bad boys of rock has hopped on the reality-show gravy train with "Tommy Lee Goes to College." Lee chatted with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. Wasn't this show an excuse to pick...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Times, Newsday, New York Post, Spokesman-Review, Environment News Service, Wall Street Journal, ESPN.com, AP, New York Times, E! Online "We got through that and we will get through...
San Diego's Pole Tax; A Wave of Scandals Roils the City's Leadership Ranks
Byline: Jamie Reno San Diegans like to call their seaside paradise "America's Finest City." What else to name a place where city councilmen accept illegal campaign contributions on behalf of a strip-club owner looking to make the town safe for nude...
Seek and You May Find; Eager for Answers, Adoptive Parents Hire 'Searchers.'
Byline: Peg Tyre In 2001, when Kimberly Wypychowski adopted her son, Ruslan, from Ukraine, he was 5 years old and she wanted to give him everything. She bought him fancy clothes, new toys, even a motorized tractor to drive around their Phoenix,...
Sex, Secret Codes and Videogames
Byline: Steven Levy First of all, let me express my shock--total jaw-dropped, head-slapped, loss-for-words shock--upon learning that a hidden scene in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas depicts a somewhat graphic sexual encounter. Who would...
Sleeping Pills: The Next Generation
Byline: Jennifer Barrett For a decade, Ambien has been the answer to many an insomniac's prayer--but a new generation of sleep aids that are less addictive and less likely to cause a morning-after "hangover" are about to hit the market. In April,...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker When you cover the legal scene in Washington, you encounter a lot of arrogant young attorneys. So when our Washington bureau chief, Daniel Klaidman, first met John Roberts 14 years ago, he was struck by the opposite: how polite...
The Troubles of a Trial; Trying Saddam Could Help to Exorcise the Ghosts of Iraq's Brutal Past. or It Could Stir Up New Demons
Byline: Melinda Liu He's as shameless as ever. The Arab news channel Al Arabiya aired a video clip of Saddam Hussein last week confidently asserting his rights before an Iraqi Special Tribunal judge. "Is this how the law works?" the jailed ex-dictator...
The Ups and Downs of Life with a Con Artist; My Father Engaged in Gambling, Scams and Illegal Activities. He Also Read Me the Odyssey
Byline: Diana Nyad (Nyad lives in Los Angeles.) One childhood friend of the family used to say that my father reminded her a lot of Omar Sharif in his prime--but better looking. He was born in Greece and raised in Egypt, spoke seven languages fluently,...
Threading the Needle; the Democrats' Dilemma: Fight Now, or Save Their Fire for the Next Round?
***** CORRECTION: In our Aug. 1 issue, a sidebar on lobbying groups ("A User's Guide to the Groups") incorrect identifies James Dobson as a reverend. He in fact has a Ph.D. in child psychology and goes by Dr. Dobson. NEWSWEEK regrets the error....
Tough Times at the Times; Decoding the Management Change at L.A.'S Daily Paper
Byline: Jonathan Darman When writing about their own bosses, career-minded media reporters tend to skip the backbiting details and let their competitors get the scoop. Yet last week, when Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll announced he would...
Why Not Raven? She's Young, Rich and a Star-But Not a Celebrity like Lindsay. It's Time to Get Our Priorities Straight
Byline: Allison Samuels Celebrities gripe about the press all the time, but Raven Symone's hard-luck story was a new one on us: the actress says that at her 19th-birthday party last year, only a single paparazzo showed up. "It was so sad," she says...