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 8

America's Most Dangerous Drug; It Creates a Potent, Long-Lasting High-Until the User Crashes and, Too Often, Literally Burns. How Meth Quietly Marched across the Country and Up the Socioeconomic Ladder-And the Wreckage It Leaves in Its Wake. as Law Enforcement Fights a Losing Battle on the Ground, Officials Ask: Are the Feds Doing All They Can to Contain This Epidemic?
Byline: David J. Jefferson (With Hilary Shenfeld, Andrew Murr, Arian Campo-Flores, Sarah Childress, Catharine Skipp, Susannah Meadows, Dirk Johnson, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Anne Underwood Graphic by Josh Ulick and Karl Gude) The leafy Chicago...
A Season with the Good News Bears; the Girls on My Softball Team Played to Win, but They Also Showed Their Sportsmanship with Style
Byline: Paul Gilbert (Gilbert lives in San Anselmo, Calif.) I rode a roller coaster non-stop for two months this year. No, I wasn't trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records or aiming for status as some kind of amusement-park legend....
Back on the Bridge; It's Been 40 Years since the Unrest in Selma. A Lot Has Changed. but Not Enough
Byline: Ellis Cose Bloody Sunday 1965 is Selma, Alabama's defining moment. It is the day America peered into the Old South's soul and saw a scene of such unimaginable ugliness that stunned disbelief was the natural response. Even those who were...
Blood Stains Miami's Herald; A Politician Commits Suicide and a Star Reporter Loses His Job
Byline: Jonathan Darman (With Rebecca Wakefield in Miami) Art Teele sounded different to Jim DeFede--and not in a good way. A columnist for The Miami Herald, DeFede had talked to Teele, a former Miami commissioner, countless times in the past 14...
Bombers Next Door; Four Dead and Four Others Safely in Custody, but British Police Worry This Is Only the Beginning
Byline: Mark Hosenball (With Rana Foroohar and Emily Flynn in Leeds and Christopher Dickey in Paris) The weird thing was how ordinary they all looked. Each new glimpse of the eight suspected foot soldiers of Al Qaeda last week only underscored the...
Coming to a Theater near You; Bad News at the Box Office Has Hollywood Thinking about Tomorrow. What the Best and Brightest Predict for 2015
Byline: Sean Smith (With Devin Gordon) Hollywood's worried about you. For decades it's just assumed you were stopping by the multiplex every weekend, but lately you've been--let's face it--a little distant. Box-office grosses are down almost 8 percent...
Drawing Down Iraq; Drastic Troop Cuts Are in the Pentagon's Secret Plans
Byline: Michael Hirsh and John Barry (With Joe Cochrane in Baghdad) Donald Rumsfeld doesn't like long-term occupations. He's always made that clear. After U.S. forces took Baghdad, the Defense secretary had plans to reduce the U.S. presence in Iraq...
Exclusive: Secret Memo-Send to Be Tortured
Byline: Michael Isikoff An FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago that U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law, according...
Eye of the Beholder; Indie Visions from Two Masters and a Newcomer
Byline: David Ansen Jim Jarmusch had it from the start. So did Gus Van Sant. So, it seems, does Miranda July. It's an original way of looking at the world. A sensibility unmistakably their own. A singular style. When Jarmusch's "Stranger Than...
Health: How to Quit the Cure
Byline: Raina Kelley (With Karen Springen) Two years ago, Kimberly Koehlinger of Ft. Wayne, Ind., quit the Prozac she'd been taking for 15 years to treat anxiety and depression. She hated side effects like night sweats and insomnia. So when her...
How to Fix School Lunch; Celebrity Chefs, Politicians and Concerned Parents Are Joining Forces to Improve the Meals Kids Eat Every Day
***** CORRECTION: In "How To Fix School Lunch" (Aug. 8), Susan Combs was misidentified as Texas Education commissioner. She is commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: Peg Tyre and Sarah...
How to Live without Oil; New Energy Sources and Efficiency Could Make Petroleum Obsolete
Byline: Amory B. Lovins In 1850, most homes in the United States were lit by lamps that burned whale oil. As demand rose, supply dwindled--whales became shy and scarce--and prices for whale oil climbed. Then alternative fuels such as smokeless,...
London: Why Shoot to Kill?
Byline: Mark Hosenball In the wake of 9/11, after examining how other countries handle confrontations with suicide bombers, British police recommended special procedures for police sharpshooters. The new policy was used disastrously when Scotland...
Meal Ticket: L.A. Nightlife
Make like a movie star at Los Angeles's most glittering nightspots. Whether it's looks or personality you want, these picks from Zagat's new guide to "L.A. Nightlife" will help you find that perfect unmarked door. TOP NEWCOMER: Velvet Margarita...
Murdoch Family Values; Why Did Lachlan Resign? Inside the Tortured History of a Real-Life Dynasty That Mixes Family with Business
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts (With Melissa Roberts in Sydney) By all public appearances, Lachlan Murdoch's eventual ascension to the throne of New York-based News Corp., the global media empire founded by his father, Keith Rupert Murdoch, was growing...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Marc Peyser Benjamin Bratt Benjamin Bratt is on a roll. He's got a new movie, "The Great Raid," out this month, a new television series called "E-Ring" and a new baby on the way. He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. ...
NFL: Working Overtime
Byline: Mark Starr Andy Benoit has written his NFL preview for nine seasons now--rather remarkable, since he's just 19 years old. This year the Boise, Idaho, teen scored big: a three-book deal with Ballantine. He talked "Andy Benoit's Touchdown...
Roe's Army Reloads; They've Been Dreading This Moment for Decades. How the Pro-Choice Movement Is Readying for Roberts-And Navigating a Critical Political Crossroads
Byline: Debra Rosenberg The day before George W. Bush tapped John Roberts for the Supreme Court, a group of abortion-rights activists gathered around the conference table at NARAL Pro-Choice America. Panicked by the departure of Justice Sandra Day...
Scrap Metal, Not Soldiers; Will the Newest Addition to City Streets Be a Guy Sitting in Front of a Starbucks with a Cup and a Cardboard Sign That Says IRAQ WAR VET?
Byline: Anna Quindlen For my money one of the finest war movies ever made was the 1946 Oscar winner "The Best Years of Our Lives." There isn't a battlefield in it. Instead it's a story that begins as three soldiers head back to their hometown. There...
Shuttle Ups and Downs; Discovery Succeeds, but NASA May Have Failed Its Mission
Byline: Mary Carmichael (With Mark Hosenball) It is NASA's old reliable, the craft the agency depends on when it needs to prove something big. Discovery was the shuttle that delivered the Hubble telescope and 77-year-old John Glenn into space, and...
Support Groups: 'This Is My Last Chance'; Meth-Ravaged Mothers in Iowa Are Finding a New Way to Heal
Byline: Dirk Johnson It looked like a meeting of the PTA. But these young Iowa mothers were talking about being seduced, and then deeply scarred, by the dark magic of meth. Cory Mathahs, 37, a single mother of three, turned to the drug for weight...
Talking with the Enemy; Part of What's Bringing These People to the Negotiating Table Is Their Fear That Iraq's Insurgency Is Being Taken over by Jihadists
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) Gen. George Casey's remark last week that the United States might begin to draw down troops in Iraq reminds me of the words of another George almost 40 years ago. In 1966 a...
The Big News That We Miss; Inflation Is Now Running in the Low Single Digits. We Take This for Granted and Forget How Much Its Steep Drop Has Helped Stabilize the Economy
Byline: Robert Samuelson We in the news business often miss big stories because they aren't announced by a corpse, scandal, invasion or controversy. One important story we're missing today is the absence of sharply higher inflation. Look at the...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker The nation's latest drug epidemic first hit with a vengeance in California, so L.A. bureau chief David J. Jefferson has witnessed its toll firsthand. A fortysomething friend got fired from a Hollywood job because of his addiction...
The Fallout: 'I Felt My Face Just Melting'; Burn Units Struggle to Cope with the Flow of Meth Users Straining Their Resources
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores (With Catharine Skipp) Wired on methamphetamine and craving more, Ricky Dale Houchens set out one night last November to cook a fresh batch of the drug. He met some buddies in rural Scottsville, Ky., at a trailer that...
The Grave: The Ultimate House Call
Byline: Claudia Kalb It's not hogwarts and dragon pox. But a new paper out in last week's Lancet medical journal offers some great scientific wizardry. The subject: King George III--his red urine, his dusty old hair and his madness. For decades,...
The New Crystal Ball: It's the Internet; Giants of Web Commerce like Yahoo Offer Gobs of Up-to-the-Second Marketinginformation
Byline: Steven Levy If you were selling a product to Generation Y--the age group between 10 and 27, which has yet to come up with a melodious moniker--who would be your ideal spokesperson? At one point in marketing history, answering that question...
The New School of Rock; Promoters Cut Prices and Add Perks. 'Grass Pass' Anyone?
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez When '80s metal band Motley Crue announced late last year they were reuniting and ready to rock hard on the road, concert promoters, coming off one of their worst years ever, yawned. It didn't matter that Tommy Lee would...
The Nominee: Roberts at the Revolution; as Interest Groups Sift His Record in the Reagan White House, Colleagues Recall the Mood at the Dawn of a Conservative Era
Byline: Evan Thomas and Daniel Klaidman (With Michael Isikoff) The memos were not exactly smoking guns, but they were sure to add fire to Judge John Roberts's confirmation hearings. When Roberts was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court by President...