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 April 9

A Desert's Lion in Winter; How the Saudi King, Disillusioned with Bush, Is Trying to Save the Arabs
Byline: Christopher Dickey (With Kevin Peraino in Jerusalem and Richard Wolffe in Washington) Saudi Arabia's king Abdullah often has the weary air of a simple man who's lived long enough to see it all, and in many ways he has. When he was born more...
'American Idol': The Power of the Brand
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh She seemed to be cruising--until she was suddenly voted off the show. Kellie Pickler finished sixth last season on "American Idol," banished from superstardom forever. Except she wasn't. In the fall Pickler's debut album,...
AP Harry's College Try
Byline: George F. Will Ivies," "safeties," "AP prep courses," "legacy," "resume-enhancing activity," "nonbinding early acceptance," "rolling admissions," "single-choice early action." If this argot is familiar to you, poor you: You have a child...
Babes in the Holy Land; Israel Flirts with a Racy New Public-Relations Strategy
Byline: Kevin Peraino Jim Malucci has two tatoos, one on each bulging bicep. On the left one, the photographer for Maxim magazine has etched an image of a seductively dressed pinup; on the right, he has stenciled the words go with god in Portuguese....
Beliefwatch: Marriage
Byline: Lisa Miller Unlike Judaism, Islam is passed down through the father. The Qur'an even grants a Muslim man permission to marry a Jewish or Christian woman, so long as she is chaste. "A believing maid is better than an idolatrous woman," the...
CAMPAIGN 2008: Meet the 'Law & Order' Candidate
Byline: Holly Bailey It looks as if Fred Thompson is getting ready to run for president. Friends of the former Tennessee senator turned actor (anonymous to protect their relationship) say he's increasingly tempted to enter the 2008 Republican primaries,...
Caveman Chic; They're Hairy, Hostile and Sporting Designer Clothes. Geico's Prehistoric Pitchmen Are on TV Every Commercial Break. but Are They Ready for a Sitcom of Their Own?
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Comedian John Lehr is a famous man, though you probably wouldn't recognize him on the street. But trick him out with a sloping latex forehead, decaying brown teeth and nearly as much chest hair as Alec Baldwin, and he's unmistakable....
Environment: For A Greener Garden
Byline: Karen Springen All gardens may look green, but some are greener than others. Truly green, or organic, gardens are free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and filled with native plants that need minimal amounts of extra water. They're...
Expert Advice: Love by the Numbers; Your New Marriage Is Bliss-Until the Bickering over Finances Begins. How to Keep Money from Wrecking Your Home Life
Byline: Raina Kelley Steven Pybrum is a certified public accountant and author of the book "Money and Marriage: Making It Work Together." He took a few minutes during his busy tax season to shed some light on this complicated union. Why is money...
GIULIANI: What Did He Know about Kerik?
Byline: Mark Hosenball What did Rudy know and when did he know it? New York City documents show that the chief of an internal watchdog agency briefed Mayor Giuliani and his top aides several times on the background of Bernard Kerik before the mayor...
Higher Rates! Bigger Fees!
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) In recent weeks, you've heard plenty about the sleazy side of the subprime mortgage business. Rising numbers of borrowers are losing their homes after being lured into high-cost mortgages...
'I'm Not Praying for God to Save Me'; Elizabeth Edwards Talks about Cancer and How the Death of a Son Gives Her the Perspective She Needs to Cope
Byline: Jonathan Alter After disclosing that her breast cancer, first diagnosed before the 2004 election, had spread to her bones, Elizabeth Edwards became a symbol of how to cope with recurrence. The wife of Democratic presidential hopeful John...
In Our Messy, Reptilian Brains
Byline: Sharon Begley Let others rhapsodize about the elegant design and astounding complexity of the human brain--the most complicated, most sophisticated entity in the known universe, as they say. David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns...
Is God Real?
Byline: Jon Meacham Later, when Blaise Pascal tried to get it all down on paper, he wrote in bursts, capturing flashes of what he thought he had seen in the vision--a vision that, by empirical standards, could only be called fantastical. There was...
Memoir: It Was Love at First Shift; My First Car Was a Cute Foreign Beauty with Mysterious Ways
Byline: George Hackett Dad paid $500 for my first car, a used 1965 MG 1100. It was a little two-door number the Brits called a "sports saloon," a slightly larger follow-up to the Mini. Like most English cars, the MG 1100 brought to mind some kind...
My Life with Cancer
Byline: Jonathan Alter I took the call on my cell phone at the Starbucks in New York's Penn Station. It was from a doctor I barely knew telling me that a CT scan--ordered after three weeks of worsening stomach pain--showed a large mass in my abdomen,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Ramin Setoodeh Heath Ledger He plays a heroin addict in the underrated Australian film "Candy," now on DVD. Ledger spoke to Ramin Setoodeh. I've got an idea for how we can get people to rent this DVD. OK, how? We can tell them...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation Sources: AP (2), New York Times, Arizona Republic, Reuters, CNN, New York Times, AP (2) "I am fighting for the truth as well." Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, when asked by a reporter why he hasn't stepped down,...
Private Lives in a Public Campaign; as John Edwards Travels the Country, He's Sticking to His Message-And Caring for a Sick Wife
Byline: Jonathan Darman After Bill Clinton, there is perhaps no spouse in the 2008 presidential race as powerful as Elizabeth Edwards. She is her husband's closest adviser and toughest enforcer. She has her own fund-raising following. She revises...
Reflection: 'We Have to Be Ruthless'; an Iconic Survivor Challenges the Nation to Close the Gap between What We Know and What We Do about Cancer
Byline: Lance Armstrong Trust me when I say that I'm not complaining about the attention cancer is finally getting in the media. But I don't understand why it requires two very upsetting announcements about cancer recurrence to prompt a national...
Rove: A Moving Target
Byline: Michael Isikoff New disclosures in the U.S. attorney controversy have increased the pressure on White House aide Karl Rove. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's ex-chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson, testified last week that "during the run-up...
'Sopranos' Swan Song; Just Eight More Episodes. the End May Not Be Pretty
Byline: Devin Gordon In the opening moments of the April 8 season premiere of "The Sopranos," a knock at the door startles Tony and Carmela out of sleep. "Is this it?" she asks, with a flash of panic. Well, Carmela, yes and no. No, the FBI agents...
Swindler's List; Clifford Irving Wrote a Phony Autobiography of Howard Hughes, but 'The Hoax' Is the Real Deal
Byline: David Ansen James Frey was a piker compared with Clifford Irving: the minor-league fibs of "A Million Little Pieces" are child's play next to the brilliant and almost successful fraud Irving perpetrated in 1971. Claiming to have exclusive...
The $4 Billion Man; Hanks, Cruise and Gibson Used to Be the Top Guns, but Not Anymore. Meet the New Most Powerful Actor on the Planet-Will Smith
Byline: Sean Smith A few decades ago, paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould developed the theory of punctuated equilibrium, which states, in essence, that evolution doesn't happen at a slow, steady rate. It happens fast, in bursts, after long periods...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham She was not expecting the call. "Em, I'm sick," he told her, and Emily Lazar and Jon Alter 's world, like the worlds of so many cancer patients, was suddenly changed forever. It was Tuesday, March 2, 2004, and Alter, the NEWSWEEK...
The God Debate; at the Summit: On a Cloudy California Day, the Atheist Sam Harris Sat Down with the Christian Pastor Rick Warren to Hash out Life's Biggest Question: Is God Real? A NEWSWEEK Exclusive
Byline: Jon Meacham Rick Warren is as big as a bear, with a booming voice and easygoing charm. Sam Harris is compact, reserved and, despite the polemical tone of his books, friendly and mild. Warren, one of the best-known pastors in the world, started...
The Long and Winding Road; from Their Beetles to Their Boxy SUVs, Americans Who Grew Up in the '60S and '70S Defined Themselves by What They Drove
Byline: Keith Naughton (With Joanna Broder, Joan Raymond, Hilary Shenfeld, Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, Patrick Crowley and Tara Weingarten) Like any good boomer, Robert Bloom was driven to existential angst when asked to explain his car choices over...
The Miracle of My Mother's Easter Pies; When My Mother Died, We Weren't Expecting a Fortune. Then We Looked in the Back of Her Freezer
Byline: Elvira Brody In early spring, my mother would make an announcement from her kitchen in Brooklyn. "I'm making the Easter pies," she would say. "Going to be busy, so nobody bother me." The pie was an Italian specialty known as pizza rustica....
Twitter: Is Brevity the Next Big Thing?
Byline: Steven Levy Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status. [I'M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in "where are you and what are you doing." He became fascinated with the idea while programming software...
Tying the Financial Knot; Getting Hitched? Don't Even Think of It before You've Had 'The Talk' with Your Beloved. No, Not That Talk. the One about Money
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez (With Raina Kelley) Tax time can tax even the strongest marriages, but newlyweds Brad and Drew Erb, who took their vows last October, should be feeling particularly in love as April 15 approaches. Over the past six months,...
Walk through Fire; Hard Times Feed the Insurgency, and the Insurgency Keeps Iraq in Ruins. A Report from the Front, Such as It Is
Byline: Rod Nordland If Col. Don Farris hoped to score points on his visit to Charlie Company, he was out of luck. He brought a message from the relative safety of brigade headquarters in At Taji, north of Baghdad, to the troops at Patrol Base Apache...
Why Sanctions Are Working
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Last fall, the bush administration was debating how to handle the Iranian nuclear threat. It was the now well-trodden tussle between hard-liners and pragmatists. The hard-liners argued that there was no conceivable way to...