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 15

A Challenge for Leaders; Crisis: The Devastating Impact of AIDS on Black Communities Demands a Much Stronger Response at All Levels
Byline: Ellis Cose When it comes to black religious, political and civil-rights leaders, AIDS is simply not the enemy most signed up to fight. But it has given them little choice. As Wade Henderson, head of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights,...
An HIV Survivor's Story; Twelve Years after Rwanda's Genocide Claimed Nearly a Million Lives, Women Who Were Raped Are Suffering New Consequences
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley Margaret Mukacyaka survived Rwanda's 1994 genocide, but her struggle isn't over. Of the 132 people in her extended family, 127--including her parents and her eight siblings--were murdered by the machete-wielding interahamwe....
Ask the Pro
Byline: Linda Stern Melissa Gannon Vice President, Weiss Ratings, Inc., a Florida insurance and financial-research firm. May 15 is the last day to enroll in Medicare's Plan B. Tip Sheet's Linda Stern asked Gannon for advice. Should all...
Barry Bonds: The Case Isn't Closed
Byline: Mark Hosenball The perjury investigation of baseball superstar Barry Bonds goes on. A year ago, a former Justice Department official (who asked for anonymity in discussing law-enforcement deliberations) was briefed that Bonds's testimony...
Battling a Black Epidemic; at Home: AIDS Now Threatens Tens of Thousands of African-Americans, Many of Them Women, in Big Cities and Small Towns Alike. A Community in Peril Tries to Save Itself
Byline: Claudia Kalb and Andrew Murr (With Sarah Childress, Mary Carmichael and Catharine Skipp) It's a warm spring morning, and two dozen African-American women are gathered around a conference table at the Women's Collective in Washington, D.C....
Britain: 'Give People Control'
Byline: Lally Weymouth David Cameron, a fresh-faced 39-year-old graduate of Eton and Oxford, was elected leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party five months ago. His attempts to change and move to the center the once mighty party of Margaret...
Dear Diary-And Everyone Else, Too; 'I Don't Have Any Problem My Youthful Foibles Because I'm over Them Now,' She Says
Byline: Steven Levy Megan wasn't invited to the party. Worse, everyone else in the world was there, except Megan and her friend Tonya. And that's not all. Megan learned that at the party "G," a guy Megan thought was her friend, was calling her "a...
How AIDS Changed America; the Plague Years: It Brought out the Worst in Us at First, but Ultimately It Brought out the Best, and Transformed the Nation. the Story of a Disease That Left an Indelible Mark on Our History, Our Culture and Our Souls
***** CORRECTION: Correction: In "How AIDS changed America," we incorrectly reported that Ryan White died in 1991. He died in 1990. NEWSWEEK regrets the error. ***** Byline: David Jefferson (With Ramin Setoodeh) Jeanne White-Ginder sits...
Intelligence: Goss Goes Out-But the CIA's Struggles Go On
Byline: Mark Hosenball, Evan Thomas and Michael Isikoff If there was one government agency that needed to improve after 9/11, it was the CIA. Apparently, however, the spy agency has only weakened. Forced out last week as CIA director, Porter Goss...
Investing: Is This a Golden Opportunity?
Byline: Linda Stern There's a good chance someone has tried to talk you into buying gold recently. The arguments go like this: it's an inflation hedge, a safe haven, its value has doubled in less than two years! Pushed up by investors worried about...
It Takes a Real Man to Be a Good Mother; Dad Could Mix a Gibson with One Hand and Whip Up a Mean Spaghetti and Meatballs with the Other
Byline: Robert Wilder; Wilder lives in Santa Fe, N.M. Like any son worth his salt, I have a note on my calendar in June to call my dad on Father's Day, but unlike other men, I also have that same reminder scrawled on Mother's Day the month before....
Money Guide: Getting into the Game; It Takes Real Dollars to Set Up on Your Own. You Might Have to Move to Find a Job. You'll Need a Deposit for an Apartment
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) Every May, the voice of the commencement speaker rings in the land. What's the meaning of life? Go forth! Play to win! But even though graduates may be prepared to take up jobs and...
Mortgages: Rates on the Rise
Byline: Linda Stern Ah, the good old days--like last year, when mortgage rates were so low you couldn't get a broker to take your calls--they were all too busy processing piles of refis. Now rates on 30-year loans are at 6.5 percent, the highest...
Movies: Summer Escapes
Byline: David Ansen With the arrival of "Mission: Impossible III" and "Poseidon," the summer-movie season has officially begun. The scores get louder, the special effects more special, the body count rises precipitously. What would summer escapism...
Music: Sounding off on Bush
Byline: Lorraine Ali Mr. President, how do you sleep at night while the rest of us cry?" asks Pink on her new album, "I'm Not Dead." George W. Bush has yet to answer the pop star's question, but he may as well brace himself: Pink's acoustic number...
My Quest to Improve Care; around the World: The Cost of Treating Aids Has Fallen in Recent Years, but Millions Still Die for the Lack of Medicine. My Goal Is to Change That
Byline: Bill Clinton (For more information on the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS initiative, visit clintonfoundation.org.) For the past 14 years, I've had a photo of a young man named Ricky Ray in my office. I met Ricky and the rest of the Ray family...
Newsmakers: Nick Lachey
Byline: Nicki Gostin (Jac Chebatoris) Seven Things* I'd Rather Talk About Than ... Jessica Simpson By Nick Lachey 1 That's assuming that there are things that I'd rather talk about. 2 My new album, "What's Left of Me." Every album is a...
Perspectives
"America, you lost." Convicted September 11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, reacting as he was sentenced to life in prison "Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these kind of casualties and was not necessary?" Former CIA analyst...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker AIDS has been a fact of life as long as I've been an adult," says David Jefferson, who wrote the lead piece of this week's Special Report on the 25th anniversary of the scourge. "I vividly remember reading the first cover NEWSWEEK...
The Life of a Virus Hunter; A Long Crusade: In His 25 Years as an AIDS Fighter, Peter Piot Has Watched the Epidemic Grow from Five Cases to 40 Million. So Why Is He Feeling So Hopeful?
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley If it's Saturday, this must be Nairobi. Dr. Peter Piot is blinking into Kenya's brilliant savanna sun. The 57-year-old Belgian has just crawled off an all-night flight from Geneva, and he's stumbling through an industrial...
Undocumented, Indispensable; We like Our Cheap Houses and Our Fresh Fruit. Our Government Likes Taking Taxes from Workers Whose Existence It Will Not Recognize
Byline: Anna Quindlen On May Day a persistent rumble came from Market Street in San Francisco, but it was not the oft-predicted earthquake, or at least not in the geologic sense. Thousands of people were marching down the thoroughfare, from the...
What Women Really Need; the Next Frontier: For Many of the World's Women, Marriage Is Not a Refuge from AIDS. It's a Risk Factor. but New Technologies Could Change That
Byline: Melinda French Gates (Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (gatesfoundation.org).) A few months ago, on a trip to Africa, I met with a group of women in Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya. These women ranged in...