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 Vol. 151, No. 4, January 28

A Dispute over the Dream
Byline: Ellis Cose This election is about making history; each campaign sees the other one as an obstacle to that effort. The Age of Aquarius was not supposed to be quite so mean. But somehow, things got out of hand. So last week, just before...
A Quiet Hero in the Cancer War
Byline: Claudia Kalb Dr. Judah Folkman, 74, Cancer Researcher Folkman, who died last week of a heart attack, pioneered the theory of angiogenesis: that tumors grow by recruiting blood vessels for nourishment. Senior Writer Claudia Kalb, coauthor...
A Real Cliffhanger
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez Could the writers' strike kill the ailing soap-opera genre? Tune in to see. Alice Ann McHenry has watched soap operas nearly every weekday of her life since she was 15 years old. She's now 52. "They're my main source...
A Troll through the Muck
Byline: Mark Hosenball And Michael Isikoff For more than a month, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has tried to distance himself from a secretive political group, financed by several of his campaign donors, that has been bombarding voters...
Birth, the American Way
Byline: Jennie Yabroff One third of babies in this country are delivered by C-sections. A graphic new documentary asks why. There are many births in the documentary film "The Business of Being Born," including a scene of former talk-show host...
Careful What You Wish For
Byline: Jamie Reno, Sarah Kliff and Arian Campo-Flores, Michael Hirsh, Daniel Gross, Jennifer Barrett, Jerry Adler Getting elected may be the easy part. A sluggish economy. An ailing health-care system. An immigration mess. The next president's...
Daring to Touch the Third Rail
Byline: Allison Samuels; With Richard Wolffe, Sarah Kliff And Chris Dixon Barack Obama avoids talking about the 'race issue,' but his wife doesn't. How Michelle is becoming the point person for African-American votes. With a who's who of the...
Fishing for A Way to Change the World
Bush thought his father lacked a grand doctrine. His greatest failures have come from trying to craft one. There's some support for the dynastic reading that George W. Bush intended to invade Iraq from the outset of his presidency to avenge his...
For Him, the Game Was Everything
Bobby Fischer, 64, Chess Master He became a chess grand master at age 15 and a cold-war hero at 29, when he dethroned the Soviet world champion Boris Spassky in a storied 1972 match. Soon after, though, Fischer, a tempestuous personality, withdrew...
Friends under the Microscope
Byline: N'Gai Croal The Spokeo Web site promises to find things about your friends' online lives 'that you never knew about, guaranteed.' I promised myself that I wouldn't post anything personal on Facebook, but it's tough to be resolute. The...
From Overdrive to Coasting
Byline: Kathy Connors; Connors Lives In Lancaster, Pa. I may be getting older, but that won't stop me from checking off all those items on my to-do list. What happens to overachievers as we age? Let's face it, the spirit is still willing, but...
Heaven Is A Place on Earth
Byline: Lisa Miller Scientologists don't believe a newborn is the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard: 'Never, never, never.' Reincarnation, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is "rebirth in new bodies or forms of life; especially: a rebirth...
High Stakes in the Gulf
Byline: John Barry And Michael Hirsh Eager to avoid future confrontations between Iranian boats and U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. government has quietly sent word to Tehran asking for dialogue. The stern four-paragraph message, dated...
Homeward Bound
Byline: Howard Fineman Like conventioneers, presidential candidates blew through Las Vegas in search of the big score--not at the gaming tables, but in Nevada's presidential caucuses. As the candidates worked the crowds, they heard vivid stories...
How My Party Lost Its Way
Byline: Michael Gerson What caused the unraveling of the Republican Party? The president's former speechwriter explains. The evening of the 2004 presidential vote had been late and frustrating.A The networks, burned by their monumental confusion...
In the Shadow of Bush
Byline: Evan Thomas; With Holly Bailey, Suzanne Smalley, Pat Wingert, Sarah Elkins And Sarah Kliff The president has left his party in a precarious state. But the GOP candidates running in the wake of his wreckage can learn much from his failures....
Leading Democrats to Bill Clinton: Pipe Down
Byline: Jonathan Alter Prominent Democrats are upset with the aggressive role that Bill Clinton is playing in the 2008 campaign, a role they believe is inappropriate for a former president and the titular head of the Democratic Party. In recent...
On the Road with Sheryl Crow
Byline: Jac Chebatoris Sheryl Crow has left Santa Monica Boulevard with her new CD, "Detours." The singer--and new mom--spoke to Jac Chebatoris: Congratulations on the new baby, new record--and surviving cancer. How are you doing? I am fantastic....
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources: New York Times, ESPN, AP (2), Fox, AP, CBS, AP (3), Los Angeles Times "I could have said, 'Well, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don't want to be helped. It's terrible'." Illinois Sen. Barack...
Sex, Lies and Family Planning
Byline: Melinda Liu Even in the west, the scandal would be juicy. During a Dec. 28 gala launch in Beijing for the Chinese state-run TV network's Olympics coverage, newscaster Hu Ziwei seized the microphone from her husband, celebrity sports anchor...
Stimulating Talk, Redux
Byline: George F. Will Washington will stimulate the economy by enacting pet agendas in the name of recovery from a perhaps nonexistent recession. When Bob Kerrey, governor of and then senator from Nebraska, was asked about dating the actress...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham For many, the rise of Ronald Reagan happened the day before yesterday. But it has, in fact, been a long while: the Battle of Britain and Tet Offensive are as proximate in time as we are to 1980. For a great spell, then, American...
The Fish within Us
Byline: Jeneen Interlandi What is most surprising is not that we once lived in the sea, but that we are still evolving. Four years ago, while digging in the Canadian Arctic, paleontologist Neil Shubin discovered the 375 million-year-old fossil...
The Great Moqtada Makeover
Byline: Babak Dehghanpisheh; With Larry Kaplow And Ahmad Obaidi In Baghdad And Bureau Reports American commanders hope they can turn Sadr's Shiite supporters the same way they have former Sunni insurgents. In the West Baghdad neighborhood of...
The 'How To' of Leading a Happy Life
Byline: Jennifer Barrett If your parents are unhappy, are you destined for unhappiness, too? Psychologists used to believe that genes played a determining role in our state of mind. But new research is finding that people can do more than previously...
There Will Be Oscars
Byline: David Ansen and Devin Gordon At least we think there will be, which is why we collected these likely acting nominees for our 11th Oscar roundtable. They're a lot of fun, and they've got lots to say. Best of all: they didn't need writers....
To the Rich, from America
Byline: Daniel Gross We feel your pain. But that's no reason to stop spending. Stagnant wages haven't stopped us. When the Gulfstream V lands in St. Bart's, can you have your assistant set up a call? We have to talk. Look, we've had a pretty...
We're Fighting the Wrong War
Byline: Fareed Zakaria 'What remains is a negative objective, stopping the war from spilling over, within Iraq but also outside it.' Pity the U.S. presidential candidates. They had their positions on Iraq all worked out by last summer and have...