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 December 25

2006 Edition; Cultural Learnings of America
In 2006, glorious nation of United States was still mired in Iraq (with no exit in sight), watched an uninspiring Olympics in Torino (lots of medals but lots of flops), kicked out a GOP majority in Congress (best known for ethics lapses and sex scandals),...
Afghanistan: Want to Meet the Taliban? No Prob
Byline: Sami Yousafzai Until earlier this year, contacting the Taliban inside Afghanistan was a dangerous ordeal. Most were in hiding, living in the shadows in remote mountain areas. I could communicate with rebel commanders only by satellite phone....
Anand Jon; FASHION: The 30-Year-Old Is Launching a Line of Sexy Jeans and Starring in a Reality TV Show
Byline: Meghan Mccain and Anna Kuchment Jon came of age as a self- described party boy in Miami in the 1990s. That celebrity-studded culture, where he met and befriended the late designer Gianni Versace, helped inspire and shape his career in fashion....
Beijing Starts to Feel the 'Olympic Effect'
Byline: Melinda Liu Once every decade or two, in the life of a great nation, celestial bodies align just right and set the stage for change. For the People's Republic of China, which has already achieved a stunning rags-to-riches transformation,...
Common; MUSIC: He Brought Soul and Spirituality Back to Hip-Hop. Is There Anything He Can't Do?
Byline: Lorraine Ali In person, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. is a soft-spoken man who prays before each meal--a mix of Christian, Buddhist and Muslim rituals--and speaks lovingly of writing children's books. This may come as a surprise to people who know...
Deval Patrick; POLITICS: The Wise Guys in Boston Bet against Him. They Won't Make That Mistake Again
Byline: Howard Fineman Boston is the ancestral home of Democratic Party politics. The denizens of Beacon Hill--where the statehouse sits, overlooking Boston Common--see themselves as the wisest of the wise guys. They concluded two years ago that...
Final Bows; Transition 2006: We Mourn Performers, Politicians, Two Photographers, Two Great Economists. (and to a Pair of Tyrants: Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out.)
JOE ROSENTHAL, 94 He may have been rejected for service in the military because of poor eyesight, but as a photographer for the Associated Press, Rosenthal had thevision to capture the most iconic image from World War II--American troops planting a...
Ideas: History, Pivoting on the Unpredictable
Byline: Michael Beschloss (Beschloss's next book, "Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989," will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2007.) It was the summer of 1937, and Franklin Roosevelt was depending...
Ingrid Mattson; Islam: Raised Catholic, This Muslim Professor Is Bringing the Moderate Viewpoint to the World
Byline: Sarah Childress Ingrid Mattson can tell that nobody likes to sit next to her on airplanes anymore. Ever since she converted to Islam two decades ago, Mattson, a 43-year-old white Canadian, has been learning what it means to be part of a...
Is America Ready? Hillary's Hair and Hemline Won't Be Issues; Her Tough National-Security Approach and Famous Husband Will
Byline: Jonathan Alter (With Eleanor Clift, Susannah Meadows, Holly Bailey and Andrew Romano) IT FELT LIKE THE TWILIGHT ZONE IN NEW Hampshire. The calendar still read 2006, but every-thing about the surging crowd of 1,500 pumped-up Democrats and...
It's Their World-We Just Mock It
With war in Iraq, sickness, poverty and senseless killing all over the news, it's a relief that we still have people like Britney Spears to remind us what's really important: getting out of a car in a skirt with no underwear on. Britney, Lindsay, Nicole,...
Jerry Seinfeld; MOVIES: The King of TV Comedy Gets Animated. Not That There's Anything Wrong with That.' I Think I'm Bringing a Different Sensibility to an Animated Movie. There's a Lot of Attitude.'
Byline: Cathleen McGuigan It's hard to believe it's been eight years since "Seinfeld" left prime time, and with it Seinfeld himself--star, co-writer and producer of the most successful comedy series ever. Yes, the show will be in reruns for eternity....
Keeping Watch on the Border Wars
Byline: Ellis Cose For all the noise over immigration this year, the issue ultimately fizzled in Congress--not for lack of passion but for lack of anything approximating a shared vision. Republican House members envisioned a world in which America's...
Kim Ng; Business: She Knows Her Baseball and Is in Line to Become the Sport's First Female GM
Byline: David A. Kaplan (With Alan Schwarz in Orlando) Walking around major League Baseball's recent winter meetings in Florida, Kim Ng might just as well have been one of the boys. While she may be the most prominent woman in the 30 executive offices...
Lara Logan; MEDIA: How a Former Swimsuit Model Became CBS's Chief Foreign Correspondent
Byline: Susannah Meadows Lara logan has spent the last five years reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan. Before that, she was in Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kosovo, the West Bank and Gaza, and Burundi during the coup. On a recent morning in New...
Losing the War, as Well as the Battle
Byline: Fareed Zakaria It's relatively easy these days to point out all the ways in which George W. Bush has been ill-informed, misguided and wrong about Iraq. And in case you run out of examples, the president provides fresh ones continually. But...
Majora Carter; Environment: Bringing Cleaner Air and a Bit of Nature to a Place Where It's Really Needed
Byline: Karen Breslau Growing up in the south Bronx, says Majora Carter, "it didn't occur to me that what I had here was an environment." Her neighborhood was surrounded by waste treatment plants, garbage dumps and power stations, and she glimpsed...
Mitt Romney; 2008: America's First Mormon President? the New England Republican Who Might Make It So
Byline: Jonathan Darman In late October, departing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney huddled with a godly group. Gathered in his kitchen were 15 of the country's leading evangelicals, including giants like Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Richard...
Nastia Liukin; Gymnastics: The Leggy Daughter of Two Champions Is Vaulting toward the Beijing Games
Byline: Mark Starr During the run-up to the 2000 Sydney Games, gymnastics guru Bela Karolyi visited a Dallas gym to appraise an Olympic hopeful. He was surprised to see a 10-year-old sprite cavorting among the elite gymnasts. At first Karolyi was...
Nora Volkow; Health: A Passionate Advocate for Addicts of All Kinds, She's Determined to Find a Cure
Byline: Pat Wingert Only the weak become addicted. If that's what you think, Dr. Nora Volkow is determined to change your mind. The director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health) and one of the...
Perspectives
"America is addicted to oil." President George W. Bush, in his State of the Union Message, on reducing America's dependence on oil through the use of alternative energy sources aWeare still crying, but today weall be crying through the champagne.a...
Politics 2008: John Edwards, Untucked
Byline: Jonathan Darman This year, former vice presidential candidate John Edwards crisscrossed the country, speaking out against poverty and the Iraq war. Edwards said he was getting back to the working-class causes he cared about. He was also...
Rebalancing the Economy; Most Economists Don't Think the Real-Estate Bust Will Lead to a Recession
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Consider it a good omen. in October, the u.s. trade deficit dropped unexpectedly to $58.9 billion, about $5.4 billion less than in September. Although the largest cause was lower oil prices, strong American exports--up...
SEGOLANE ROYAL; International: The Woman Who May Be France's Next Leader Is Much More Than a Pretty Face
Byline: Christopher Dickey (With Tracy McNicoll in Paris and Dakar) An "iron lady" might have been easier for France's old boys' network to deal with. Europe has seen a lot of ferrous females since Margaret Thatcher first appeared across the Channel...
Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett; HOLLYWOOD: The Acclaimed Movie Director Takes a Stab at Reality TV. Will He Be a Survivor?
Byline: Sean Smith The most-anticipated new reality show of next year was conceived in Steven Spielberg's backyard. In early 2006, the Oscar-winning director was at his Los Angeles home chatting with Mark Burnett, the creator of "Survivor" and "The...
'The 172nd Was Special'
Byline: Michael Hirsh With Karen Breslau and Catharine Skipp Just a few weeks ago, Capt. Brad Velotta was kicking in doors in the most dangerous city in the world. Now he's kicking back with his wife, Jodi, who can hardly believe he's home from...
'The Challenges We Face'; Obama Speaks out on His Prospects for the Presidency, His Leading Rival for the Nomination and Post-Baby-Boom Politics
Byline: Jonathan Alter As Illinois Sen. Barack Obama moved closer to a presidential run, he spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jonathan Alter. Excerpts: ALTER: We've had only two African-American governors and three senators since Reconstruction. Is America...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham It was 1988, and the governor of Arkansas and his wife were in Atlanta for the Democratic National Convention that nominated Michael Dukakis. One day that week, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton came to lunch with NEWSWEEK...
The Regathering Storm; along the Ungoverned Border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Al Qaeda Is Training Would-Be Jihadists from the West to Attack Their Home Countries
Byline: Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau And Mark Hosenball (With Zahid Hussain in Islamabad and Emily Flynn Vencat in London) For the past year, a secret has been slowly spreading among Taliban commanders in Afghanistan: a 12-man team of Westerners was...
The Republican Identity Crisis; It Was a Year of Turmoil, of Ferment and of Hope, as the Iraq War Dragged on, the Democrats Seized Capitol Hill and the 2008 Presidential Race Began in Earnest. NEWSWEEK's Columnists Look Back-And Peer Forward at Where the Country Is Heading
Byline: Michael Gerson (Gerson was a speechwriter and policy adviser to President Bush. He now is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Newsweek contributor.) My low point with the republican party came in the aftermath of Hurricane...
The Rev. John Foley; Education: As Head of the Cristo Rey Network, He Helps Low-Income Kids Get to College
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Karen Springen The best ideas are often bred in desperation. A decade ago, Father John Foley and his Jesuit colleagues were in the midst of creating a new college-prep high school for students from Chicago's Pilsen...
The Time Machine; the Essence of the Season Lies in Figuring out What Is Passing Minutiae and What Is Enduring Memory. That May Be the Essence of Everything
Byline: Anna Quindlen Once upon a time there was a dollhouse. Santa brought it via UPS. The dollhouse was enormous, and when push came to shove--well, neither made any difference. It wouldn't fit in the car for the trip out to the country. Comet...
What We Learned the Hard Way; Two Trailblazers Recall Their White House Runs, and How America Has Changed since Then
Byline: Geraldine Ferraro (The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Ferraro was the Democrats' vice presidential nominee in 1984. Jackson ran for the White House in 1984 and 1988) It's been 22 years since I became the first woman to run on a major-party ticket,...