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 May 23

A Problem with Authority; Thom Mayne Hates Playing by the Rules. So What's He Doing Designing Government Buildings? His Own Thing, Natch
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan Thom Mayne hasn't been sleeping well. The radical L.A. architect, whose edgy designs seem to mirror his notoriously intense personality, keeps waking up from anxiety dreams. "They're all connected to figures of authority,"...
A Really Big Idea; Burger King's CEO Has Turned around the Chain with a Radical Notion: Give People What They Want
Byline: Bret Begun Greg Brenneman starts his morning in the middle of the night. He's up at 4:15, then races his Porsche to the office in Miami. He hits the StairMaster for an hour in the corporate gym, lifts weights, showers and is at his desk...
Caught in the Act of Becoming; 'Baby's First Picture' Is Now in Utero, but What If You Don't Feel like a Mom?
Byline: Gayle Kirshenbaum (Kirshenbaum lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.) During the first ultrasound of my first pregnancy, as the lubricated scope glided across my abdomen in search of its target, my husband and I searched the mottled darkness and waited....
Fresh Worries on Pensions; Suddenly, Millions of People Are Asking the Same Thing They Asked about Social Security: Will the Benefits Still Be There When I Retire?
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) How safe is your pension? after United Airlines dumped its plan last week--underfunded by $9.8 billion, the largest default ever--a collective shiver went down the backs of 36 million...
Going Home with the Customers; CONSUMER PRODUCTS: Procter & Gamble Hasn't Just Tweaked Its Packaging. It's Rethought How You Use What's Inside
Byline: Dorothy Kalins Maybe you've noticed, if you're a teenage girl and these things matter to you, that the Tampax you sneak into the bathroom stall no longer makes an embarrassingly loud noise when you open the wrapper. Maybe you've noticed,...
History: 1776-Washington's War; Prone to Doubt, George Washington Never Lost Faith. Behind His Mask of Command
***** CORRECTION: David McCullough's "1776: Washington's War," an excerpt from his new book, misspelled the name of George Washington's mother. She was Mary Ball. ***** Byline: David McCullough (From '1776' by David McCullough. To be published...
Homeland Security: Entering D.C. Airspace-As Usual
Byline: Mark Hosenball Homeland security officials believe they're getting a bad rap for keeping President Bush in the dark last week about a major security alert. One source said if Bush were told about every suspect plane flying into D.C. airspace,...
Houses of the Future-Now; Prefab: When You Hear 'Modular Home,' You Think 'Double-Wide.' Today's Prefabricated-Housing Designers Want You to Think Again
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan and Anna Kuchment If you're cruising through the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York this week, stroking the buttery leather Italian chairs, coveting the coolest couches--and wrinkling your nose at the...
How a Fire Broke out; the Story of a Sensitive NEWSWEEK Report about Alleged Abuses at Guantanamo Bay and a Surge of Deadly Unrest in the Islamic World
***** CORRECTION: Headline: Newsweek Statement On Qur'an Story From Editor Mark Whitaker: DATELINE: NEW YORK May 16 NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation...
Huffington's Post: Not Yet Toast; One Writer Called It 'The Box-Office Equivalent of Gigli, Ishtar and Heaven's Gate Rolled into One.'
Byline: Steven Levy Almost from the moment Arianna Huffington's blog (huffingtonpost.com) went live last week, it became the epicenter of digital snarkiness. Seemingly everyone with access to the Web--and more than a few spitballers from mainstream...
Keeping It Real-And Real Small; the Hot Blu Dot Clings to Its Mission in Minneapolis
Byline: Devin Gordon The woodworking shop in Blu Dot's Minneapolis factory space is cold, sawdusty and filled with intimidating machines, and John Christakos loves it in here. It's where he gets to do what designers live for: making stuff. But lately,...
Kobe Who? Now It's Wade's Way. Shaquille O'Neal's New Sidekick Is Turning Up the Heat in Miami, without All the Fireworks
Byline: Allison Samuels Miami Heat point guard Dwyane Wade was never concerned that he and NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal wouldn't get along as teammates. Growing up on the tough side of Chicago where drug dealers and gang members commanded every...
Moving the Furniture; Rumsfeld's Base-Closing Plan Hits Some Towns Hard
Byline: Michael Hirsh, John Barry and T. Trent Gegax Connecticut has been a bulwark of America's naval defenses since the Revolutionary War. But last week the 21st century suddenly hit home in the worst way. The Pentagon said it planned to shutter...
No Policy Is Not Good Policy; If It Wants to Succeed, the United States Will Have to Decide What Its Primary Goal Is for North Korea: Policy Change or Regime Change?
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) Does the United States government really care if North Korea becomes a nuclear power? Oh, it tells us all the terrible consequences that could flow from such a development:...
Now, May the Force Be.Us; VIDEOGAMES: Will Wright's Spore Lets Players Simulate the Creation Itself, Starting from a Single Cell. What Kind of Deity Would You Be?
Byline: N'Gai Croal At almost every stage of his brilliant career, video-game designer Will Wright has been able to turn to the seminal designers Charles and Ray Eames for inspiration. His urban-planning game Sim City drew on some of their ideas...
'Our Family Is in Hell'; A Savage Child-Slaying Haunts Mother's Day
Byline: Dirk Johnson and Hilary Shenfeld (With Daniel I. Dorfman) It was no secret that Jerry Hobbs could be mean, especially if he'd had a few belts. This was a man who once stabbed a motorist in the belly for squealing his tires. This was a guy...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: New York Times, Associated Press, (Middlesex County, N.J.) Home News Tribune, Associated Press (2), NBC--"Chris Matthews Show," New York Times, ITV.com, Elle, GQ "It is shortsighted. It...
Politics: The White House 'Thank You' Tour
Byline: Holly Bailey At a GOP fund-raiser last March, Michigan Rep. Vernon Ehlers was waiting for his turn to take a photo with President Bush when he felt a tap on his shoulder. It was Karl Rove, White House deputy chief of staff and Bush's top...
Ready to Blow; as the Senate Prepares for a Showdown over Judicial Nominees, a Few Moderates Hope for Middle Ground
Byline: Howard Fineman ('Four on the Floor' graphic by Andrew Romano) Sen. Arlen Specter first played squash at Yale Law School 50 years ago and sees no reason to stop just because he is battling a disease (Stage IV Hodgkin's) that has left him...
Technology: Safe Cars of the Future
Byline: Tara Weingarten When it comes to cars, Americans will gladly pay extra for premium sound systems and plush leather seats. But when offered additional safety features, buyers frequently opt to save a few bucks. Why spend $2,300 on a collision...
The Design Dozen; Our Pick of the Names to Know, Stuff to Covet, Ideas to Ponder. Wearables, Listenables, Mailables-Even Affordables
Restaurant THE MODERN: For a new dining room overlooking the sculpture garden of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the firm of Bentel & Bentel had to meet restaurateur Danny Meyer's seemingly irreconcilable demand for both "spareness" and "warmth."...
The Editor's Desk
***** CORRECTION: Headline: Newsweek Statement On Qur'an Story From Editor Mark Whitaker: DATELINE: NEW YORK May 16 NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation...
The Interpreter Moves in; AUTOMOBILES: Ford's New U.S. Design Director Is a Brit-Bent on Re-Americanizing an Iconic Brand
Byline: Keith Naughton Inside Ford Motor Co.'s top-secret design studio, stylists gather around a hulking clay model of a work-in-progress pick-up truck. Their boss, Peter Horbury, sweeps in, throws off his suit coat and declares: "Let's do some...
The Oddness of Everything; the Entire Human Family Is the Product of a Lot of Incest-But Incest at What Author Bill Bryson Calls 'A Genetically Discreet Remove.'
Byline: George F. Will Invited by the University of Miami to address members of the class of 2005, the columnist repaid this courtesy by telling them that even though they surely had showered before donning their caps and gowns, each of them had...
Up Close and Personal; in Design Today, the Mass-Produced Feel Is out and the Individual Touch Is in. Even in Prefab Houses, It's All about Craft-And All about You. the Cookie Cutter's Not the Cutting Edge. First Stop, Milan
Byline: Chee Pearlman It's no secret anymore that Milan--and especially the annual spring ritual known as the Milan Furniture Fair--is where you go to harvest new ideas in design. Around mid-April, the city becomes the mecca for an international...
What's Second Prize? A Reality Check on What 'The Apprentice' Winners Won
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh As the winner of the second "Apprentice," Kelly Perdew should be in line for a top job in the Trump organization. But you'd never know that from his office. His desk is in a small, windowless space next to the assistant to...