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. 22, June 2

A Building for A Song
Byline: Brian Braiker Talking Head David Byrne's latest project turns a New York City landmark into a musical instrument. David Byrne has been writing songs about architecture for three decades. The first single by his postpunk art-rock supergroup,...
A Jihad between Neighbors
Byline: Sami Yousafzai And Ron Moreau Pakistan talks peace with tribal radicals but may just be pushing their fighters across the border into Afghanistan. Mullah Jihad Yar didn't want the Pakistani recruits when they were assigned to his Taliban...
A Life Dictated by the Bell
Byline: David Fraser; Fraser Lives In Clearwater, Fla. As a firefighter, I'm mentally prepared for anything. But at 50, I just hope that my body can keep up. We all remember learning about that Pavlov guy, who taught dogs to respond to the sound...
A Memo to Senator Obama
Byline: Evan Thomas; With Richard Wolffe, Suzanne Smalley, Holly Bailey And Sarah Kliff Given his successes, it's easy to argue that Barack Obama doesn't need advice. But how he'll handle race going forward is by no means a settled issue. Our open...
An Answer for Every 'Little Jerk'
Byline: Holly Bailey John McCain's health records show he's doing just fine. John McCain often jokes that he's "older than dirt" with "more scars than Frankenstein." Earlier this year he told a reporter that he'd recently left "the old soldiers'...
A Secret Side to the Secret Service
Byline: Mark Hosenball And Eve Conant ***** CORRECTION: In "A Secret Side to the Secret Service" (June 2), we misidentified the first name of the special agent in charge of the James J. Rowley Training Center. She is Renee Triplett. NEWSWEEK...
A Sperm-Biz Overhaul
Byline: Claudia Kalb A Sperm-Biz Overhaul A new era of openness about reproductive options is shaking up an industry based on donor anonymity. A few months ago, Si'mone braquet, 41, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Tim Gullicksen, 41, of San Francisco,...
A Terrible Beauty
Byline: Malcolm Jones Robert Frank's landmark photography book, 'The Americans,' turns 50 this year. It doesn't look it. Two landmark photography books were published in the middle '50s in the United States. The first, "The Family of Man," showcased...
Black, White, Shades of Gray
In a John McCain-Barack Obama matchup, what is the role of race in the 2008 race? It's a simple question with complicated answers. A NEWSWEEK forum. Harold Ford: Go Meet Them, Senator The night Barack Obama is expected to accept the Democratic...
Blog Books Go for Broke
Byline: Jessica Bennett ***** CORRECTION: "Blog Books Go For Broke" (PERISCOPE, June 2) stated that a 2006 book by the creators of the DailyCandy Web site had sold approximately 11,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. BookScan tracks only...
Cyber Spying for Dummies
Byline: Mark Hosenball Congressional experts fear that Defense intelligence agencies are not making wide enough--and smart enough--use of the vast pool of "open source" information now available in cyberspace. The House Armed Services Committee,...
Don't Bet on the President
Byline: Daniel Gross Market calls inspired by politics are based on the false premise that the stock market prefers Republicans to Democrats. It's that time of the leap year. Personal-finance magazines and investment analysts are constructing...
Hollywood's Most Beloved Fugitive
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan In 1977, Roman Polanski had sex with a 13-year-old. A new documentary revisits the scene of the crime. There's an enigmatic little scene near the end of "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," the captivating new documentary...
How to Get a Leg Up for Fitness
Byline: Christina Gillham A coach helps you devise a plan and helps motivate you to carry it through. When Sharlene Langner won four free sessions with a wellness coach through a local school raffle, she was skeptical. At five feet and 175 pounds,...
How We Really Help Ted
Byline: Jonathan Alter We'll find out if the senators who were crying in the moment will be ready to get serious about cancer. It's too bad that Hamilton Jordan isn't still alive to remind the media that Ted Kennedy isn't already dead. Jordan,...
It's Picture Perfect
Byline: Andrew Murr Shutterfly is the little Silicon Valley company that could. It survived the dotcom bust and now competes with two behemoths in the online photo industry. Jeana Scholl is a typically dedicated Shutterfly customer. That's why...
Managing All the Geeks
Byline: Richard M. Smith HP's chief technology officer on life outside the lab. During his long career as a technologist, Shane Robison worked at Apple, AT&T Labs and Compaq. Now, as the chief technology and strategy officer at Hewlett-Packard,...
Mortgages and Madness
Byline: Michael Hirsh Questionable lending practices turned a peaceful Cleveland neighborhood into a blighted slum. Mark Kellogg's hot-dog stand sits at Broadway and Fleet Avenue, the main intersection of Slavic Village, a traditional working-class...
Obama's Lobbyist Connection
Byline: Michael Isikoff When Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison wanted state lawmakers to back a hefty rate hike two years ago, it took a creative lobbying approach, concocting a new outfit that seemed devoted to the public interest: Consumers...
Old Brands, New Tricks
Byline: Nick Foulkes Venerable names are opportunities. The trick is to know when to reinvent. In recent years, heritage has become part of the venture capital formula. It seems that the sight of a few venerable brands reinventing themselves...
Perspectives
"We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June." White House hopeful Hillary Clinton, raising the specter of Barack Obama's assassination in an attempt to defend her decision to remain in the race, despite long mathematical odds. She later...
Pitchforks for Change
Byline: Tony Dokoupil In his new book, "The Uprising," author and populist gadfly David Sirota argues that a "fist-pounding, primal screaming" revolt is brewing in America--and it's about to boil over. He spoke with NEWSWEEK'S Tony Dokoupil: ...
Rate Escapes
Byline: Linda Stern Inflation is on the rise. But there are ways to protect your portfolio and purchasing power. Those rising food and gas prices may be the first signs of a new period of inflation. "The Fed's attempts to prop up asset prices...
States of Emergency
Byline: Matthew Philips Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a jam. Even after $10 billion of proposed cuts, California still faces a $17 billion budget gap. Most voters and lawmakers don't like his plan to fix it by borrowing billions against the state's...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham For those who support Barack Obama, our cover this week may seem yet another examination of their candidate's problems with white voters. For those who support John McCain, raising the race factor can suggest that those who oppose...
The Gospel According to Al
Byline: Joshua Alston Al Green is busy. He's leading his Memphis church and touring for his album "Lay It Down." He spoke to Joshua Alston. Where are you? I'm in New Orleans doing Jazz Fest. It goes from April to May. Is this the first...
The Milquetoast Manifesto
Byline: Lisa Miller Though Saddleback's pastor, Rick Warren, helped draft the document and was rumored to be among the signers, he is not. What if the evangelicals wrote a manifesto and nobody cared? It was supposed to be a decisive document,...
The Only Thing We Have to Fear
Byline: Fareed Zakaria If you set aside the war in Iraq, terrorism has in fact gone way down over the past five years. You know that we are living in scary times. Terrorist groups are metastasizing all over the globe. Al Qaeda has re-established...
The Poetry of Pain
Byline: Jerry Adler In 'Elegy,' Mary Jo Bang finds inspiration in the darkest of places. Once, years ago, I visited the home of a family whose son had died in childhood, and watched a video tribute the parents had made to the life of their child....
The Vote Fraud Bogeyman
Byline: Dahlia Lithwick Evidence suggests that rampant voter fraud is a myth, and voter-ID laws may suppress votes rather than protect them. Just as a sizable fraction of American children firmly believe in a bogeyman in the closet, many American...
Virgin Master
Byline: Steven Levy Entrepreneur Richard Branson wants to save the Earth--and ride his rocket into outer space. When it comes to starting companies, Richard Branson, founder and president of the Virgin Group, is anything but a virgin. The English-born...
Why Only-Children Rule
Byline: Kathleen Deveny; With Anna Kuchment I have one older brother, and when I was growing up our family was considered tiny. Only-kids were freaks. I'm afraid there's a puppy in my future. It's not because one of my daughter's first complete...
Wii's Unintended Consequences
Byline: Christopher Flavelle Programmers are now using the hit game console to invent their own devices. When Nintendo released its $250 Wii videogame console in December 2006, the product was sold out even before it hit the shelves. Based on...