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 20

A Legacy of Love and Hope; Dana Reeve Dedicated Her Life to Finding a Cure for Spinal-Cord Injuries, Only to Fall Victim to Lung Cancer. What Women Need to Know about This Stealthy Killer
Byline: Jennifer Barrett When Dana Reeve announced last summer she had lung cancer, the diagnosis seemed particularly cruel. Never a smoker, the actress and singer had lost her mother and her husband, "Superman" star Christopher Reeve, just months...
All Dressed Up for the Youthquake; Boomer-Era Fashions Were So Vibrant They Looked as If They Hoped to Die before They Got Old. No Such Luck
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan (With Ruth Tenenbaum) The snow's melting, the first bulbs are popping, and it's time to see what's in the closet for spring. OK, miniskirt--check. Baby-doll dress--check. Bubble skirt--check. Platform shoes--check. A Pucci...
Anarchy in the U.K. 'V for Vendetta' Tries Talkin' about a Revolution
Byline: Jeff Giles V for Vendetta" will get its share of dismissive reviews--probably more than enough to convince hard-core fans that the movie was simply too smart and dangerous to be given safe passage. In point of fact, though, "Vendetta" is...
AOL's Blog King; after Selling His Weblog Network for Millions, Jason Calacanis Speaks Up for Rebel Journalism
Byline: Steven Levy Last October, the question of whether blogging could be a business was pretty much decided when AOL paid a reported $25 million for Weblogs, Inc., a network of almost 100 blogs on topics like technology, travel and parenthood....
AT&T Hits Redial for an Old Strategy
Byline: Allan Sloan Never count out a brand. Not long ago the once great AT&T name was headed for the boneyard, as was its former chairman's daring strategy of milking a cash-cow business for money to bet on fast-growth telecom. Now, as we see...
A (Very) Long Bond; Investors Are Scooping Up 30-Year T-Bonds, despite Their Low Yields. That's Great News for the U.S. Government and All Us Taxpayers. So Why Not Sell 50-Year Bonds?
Byline: Allan Sloan One of the rules of wall street is "when the ducks quack, feed them." In other words, give the customers what they want. If technology stocks are hot, you sell people technology mutual funds. If investors fall in love with biotechnology,...
Can a '50S Icon Do It Again? Tupperware Struggles to Reinvigorate Its Empire
Byline: Jennifer Barrett When a friend invited New Yorker Brenna Sinnott to a Tupperware party last month, she was skeptical. "I pictured all those old green containers my mom had," says the 24-year-old. "I didn't really know what to expect." To...
Capital Ideas; If You Ever Divorce, Here's How to Find Any Hidden Assets
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn When you sign your joint tax return this year, cast an eye over the various schedules attached. If you ever divorce and think that your spouse may be hiding some assets, clues should pop up here. Your 1040s, past and present,...
Cashing in on a Legend; the Man in Black Comes to the Great White Way
Byline: Lorraine Ali Did you ever think the rebel angel of country music would make it to Broadway? Believe it or not, the day has come: "Ring of Fire," a show dedicated to the work of the legendary singer Johnny Cash, opens this week. It consists...
Cisco Plans Its Home Invasion; the Tech Giant Has Long Operated Behind the Scenes, Building the Net. Now It Wants in to Your Living Room
Byline: Brad Stone John Chambers likes to talk trash during basketball games of his beloved Duke Blue Devils. While watching his alma mater on TV recently play against its archrival North Carolina Tar Heels, Chambers called his sister and brother-in-law...
Design of the Times; Baby Boomers Wore Their Passions on Their Sleeves-And on Their Walls and Everything Else They Touched. How a Generation of Style Shapers Left Their Mark
Byline: Dorothy Kalins (With Carol Helms and Jac Chebatoris) One night in the '70s, I found a really big wine crate on the sidewalk outside a liquor store and dragged it home. It was stenciled with little black umbrellas to show which side was up,...
God, Satan, and Katrina; Billy Graham on the Storm, the Mystery of Evil, and a Regret from His Long Ministry
Byline: Jon Meacham In New Orleans to preach to 1,000 clergy gathered at the First Baptist Church there--his first sermon in eight months--the Rev. Billy Graham toured the hard-hit city last week. Afterward, the 87-year-old Graham, who has also...
Goodbye, Manhattan; London Has Turned Hot for International Banking
Byline: Rana Foroohar Ten years ago the British gave up investment banking, selling off financial-services firms one by one to American behemoths. Ever since, the conventional wisdom has been that London would always play second fiddle to Manhattan...
Guest Column: Should We Export Illness or Health?
Byline: Dean Ornish, M.D. Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing that recent immigrants reported significantly better physical and mental health than their U.S.-born counterparts. People become progressively...
How to Stop A Genocide; 'Khartoum Will Try Corruption, Coercion, Force, Anything' to Derail Peace Talks on the Killing in Darfur, a Sudanese Activist Warns
Byline: Fareed Zakaria There is a glimmer of hope for Darfur, where in the past two years 300,000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced in a genocidal war that has been encouraged and funded by Sudan's government. Last week the African...
Is TiVo's Time Up? the DVR Pioneer Faces Competitive Assaults on All Fronts. Cisco's Acquisition of Scientific Atlanta Sure Didn't Help
Byline: Brad Stone and Robert Stein The biggest loser in Cisco's acquisition of Scientific Atlanta is a little company that's well loved by its customers: TiVo. The Silicon Valley pioneer helped invent the digital video recorder (DVR), and its name...
Jacob Knospler: 'I'm a Marine. I Had to Go in and Help Them.'; He Lost Part of His Face in Fallujah. Surgery Has Only Partially Eased the Pain. but He Has No Regrets
Byline: Jonathan Darman Cpl. Jacob Knospler, his jaw mostly blown away by a grenade, did not wake up for a month. His first clear memory is of President George W. Bush standing over his bed at Bethesda Naval Hospital. "How the hell you doin'?" asked...
Life Didn't Pass Me by, It Stopped in for Gas; I Know a Lot about the Customers Who Visit My Service Station, but I'm the Last of a Dying Breed
Byline: John De Costanza (De Costanza lives in Wilmington, Dela.) There is something about wearing your name on your work shirt for 30 years that makes you either bitter or very humble. It all started with a handshake between my brother and me....
Monster vs. Red Bull; an Upstart in the $3 Billion Energy-Drink Market Takes on the Industry Leader. Can the Buzz Continue?
Byline: Andrew Murr How does a booming company spark new growth the year after its sales nearly double and its stock skyrockets 333 percent? If you're Hansen Natural, maker of Monster Energy drinks, you start by signing a two-year endorsement...
Newsmakers: Hugo Weaving, Teri Hatcher
Byline: Nicki Gostin (Marc Peyser Devin Gordon) This must be Weaving week. The Nigerian-born actor stars in both the new film "V for Vendetta" and a new production of "Hedda Gabler." He talked with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. In "V," you filled...
On Call in Hell; He Left a Desk Job for the Front Lines of Fallujah-And a Horror Show Few Doctors Ever See. How Richard Jadick Earned His Bronze Star
***** CORRECTION: In the March 20 sidebar "Bearing the Scars of Battle" ("On Call in Hell"), there is an error in the calculations under the heading "The Chances of Being Wounded, by Conflict." For past wars, the chance of being wounded was calculated...
Paul Volpe: 'What Did They Sew You Up with?'; Private Volpe Found out the Hard Way That a Purple Heart Takes a Long Time to Heal
Byline: Andrew Murr Marine Pvt. Paul Volpe was "bleeding out," the combat term for bleeding to death. Hit three times--in the arm, calf and thigh--with AK-47 rounds in an ambush, he was barely conscious as a corpsman pumped him with morphine to...
Perspectives; Issue Dated March 20, 2006
Byline: QUOTATION SOURCES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: NEW YORK TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, NEW YORK TIMES, ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES, PERES-CENTER.ORG, ASSOCIATED PRESS (2), THE WASHINGTON POST "I'm concerned about a broader message."...
Politics: Fallout from the Dubai Debacle
Byline: Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey Dick Cheney was on the phone. It was almost two weeks after Rep. Peter King of New York first called the White House with his concerns about a Dubai company's taking over some operations at six U.S. ports....
Polygamists, Unite! They Used to Live Quietly, but Now They're Making Noise
Byline: Elise Soukup Marlyne Hammon knows what it's like to feel hated and hunted. In 1953, when she was an infant, her father--along with dozens of other men in her tiny community of Short Creek, Ariz.--was arrested and sent to jail on charges...
Rent or Buy That DVD? Economists Are Finding Data to Sort through Every Decision We Make-Like Whether Your Investment in 'Daredevil' May Have Been a Case of Irrational Exuberance
Byline: Daniel McGinn A few weeks ago I slipped out for a long lunch to take my wife and two older kids to see "Curious George." Even matinee tickets cost a total of $27, but seeing my children enjoy the cartoon version of the book we've read countless...
Ryan P. Shane: 'I Had a Lot to Be Thankful for'; Shrapnel. Zoloft. Pain. the Path to Hope
Byline: Pat Wingert Shot in the lower back trying to rescue a fellow Marine, Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Shane remembers being thrown on a metal table at the field hospital. "That was the coldest I've ever been in my life," says the 33-year-old Marine. He...
Save Us from Our Politicians; the Controversy over Dubai Ports World Was a Great Victory for Them-But a Defeat for Candor and Sensible Security and Economic Policies
Byline: Robert Samuelson The idea of letting an Arab-owned company, Dubai Ports World, run container terminals at five U.S. ports struck many Americans as an absurdity. Why not just turn control directly over to Al Qaeda? In late February, a CBS...
'Target' Practice; an Ex White House Aide Denies Theft Charges
Byline: Holly Bailey and Pat Wingert (With Steve Tuttle in Washington) You may not recognize Claude Allen's name, but you've probably seen his face in photos, a little off to the side, a few steps away from the president. As George W. Bush's top...
The CIA: Questions about a Contract-And a Friendship
Byline: Mark Hosenball The CIA's inspector general is examining a recent contract the agency gave to an obscure Virginia company headed by a relative of Brent Wilkes, an unindicted co-conspirator in the federal bribery case against former San Diego...
The Death of a Monster; Serbian Strongman Slobodan Milosevic, 1941-2006
Byline: Rod Nordland (With Zoran Cirjakovic in Belgrade) When Slobodan Milosevic began his rise, Yugoslavia was the freest, most prosperous country in Eastern Europe. Before he was through, his homeland was a smoking ruin, sacrificed in the name...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker Sometimes our correspondents set out to report one story, and come across another that's even more powerful. That's what happened to Pat Wingert as she was researching a planned cover on the wounded returning from Iraq. Reading...
The Face in the Crowd; Looking Someone Straight in the Eye Is an Age-Old Incentive to Do the Right Thing, but There's Precious Little of It in the Computer Age
Byline: Anna Quindlen Terrible things happened to Imette St. Guillen between the time she left her friends in lower Manhattan and when she was found dead, wrapped in a garish floral bedspread, amid trash and weeds miles away in Brooklyn. She'd been...
The GOP's Abortion Anxiety; the Pro-Life Movement Is on a Roll. So Why Are the Republican Party's Top Guns Suddenly So Shy on the Subject?
Byline: Howard Fineman and Evan Thomas (With Martha Brant) When South Dakota approved a law sharply restricting abortion last week, many pro-life Republicans around the country sounded a loud hallelujah. But at least one very senior Republican did...
The States: Mississippi Churning; Anti-Abortion Activists in Ole Miss Debate the Wisdom of a Frontal Assault on Roe V. Wade
Byline: Arian Campo-Flores When "Jane" discovered a few weeks ago that she was pregnant, she nearly collapsed. She already has four kids, ages 6 to 18, to raise on her own, while working full-time as a housekeeper. "I'm struggling trying to take...
Travel: New Orleans Needs You
Byline: Dorothy Kalins I felt my chest tighten as we approached our landing in New Orleans. Would it feel sad, like going back to your old house after a parent has died? Immediately, we chose to deal with lumps in our throats in a time-honored New...
Troubles by the Score; the SAT Results Are In-And Thousands Were Reported Incorrectly. Our Bad, the College Board Says. but Do We Know How Bad?
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh It was a soggy, wet morning last October when Robert Smith walked into his high-school gym in Brentwood, N.Y., with his No. 2 pencil ready. He was understandably nervous, about to take the biggest test of his life: the SAT....
Unfortunately, It's All in Her Hedda
Byline: Cathleen Mcguigan It was actually Henrik Ibsen, not ABC, who brought us the first desperate housewives. And more than a century after "Hedda Gabler" was written, its heroine (along with Nora in "A Doll's House") remains one of the most fascinating...
Warning: Graphic Content; Whether Illegibly Psychedelic or Starkly Simple, Boomer Graphics Spoke Volumes
Byline: Peter Plagens It wasn't just the Vietnam war, the music and the drugs that fueled the boomer design revolution. Raised in Ward and June Cleaver's house--with that cheesy laminated furniture, the tacky repros of birds or flowers framed with...