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 October 4

A Floor of One's Own; You Deserve a 'Club Level' Room. but Know Which Club
Byline: Brian Braiker Business travel may have suffered since 9/11, but those exclusive, limited-access floors at many upscale hotels are flourishing. "Club level" provides the weary road warrior with executive services like VIP check-in, private...
A Miracle in the Snows of Montana
Byline: Karen Breslau with Jim Mann in Kalispell Last Wednesday, Wendy Becker and her family were planning a funeral for her 29-year-old-son Matt. That was after officials in Montana had announced that Matthew Ramige was one of five people who'd...
A PC Just for Games; Alienware's ALX May Be the Coolest Machine Yet. All You Need Is $5,000
Byline: Peter Suciu Liquids and computers typically don't go together--any parent of a toddler can tell you that. But a new, literally cool PC for high-end gaming may change things. Inside Alienware's ALX chassis snake tubes of liquid that are part...
A Spooky Month; Who's Afraid of October? Many Investors Are, Given Its Record of Delivering Nasty Market Surprises. but the Real Worry Will Play out over Years, Not in Just One Month
Byline: Allan Sloan (Sloan is NEWSWEEK's Wall Street editor. His e-mail is sloan@panix.com.) The stock market hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire lately. Despite rallying sharply in 2003, the market's had no momentum this year: the Dow...
At Last, the Two Shall Meet.Face to Face, Chin to Smirk; All Summer, You Watched George W. Bush and John Kerry Snipe and Sneer at Each Other from a Distance. Now, See Them Do It Live, on the Same Stage! the Upcoming Presidential Debates Could Push Kerry over the Top-Or Seal the Deal for Bush. A NEWSWEEK Guide to Verbal Combat
Byline: Text by Weston Kosova and Holly Bailey (Illustration by John Kascht) KERRY: THE SUBSTANCE He may have a reputation for being wooden and aloof, but Kerry is a formidable debater--he was named class orator at Yale--who has crushed opponents...
Bonbons for Cell Phones; Trip Hawkins Made His Mark with Computer Games. Now He's Trying to Pitch Mobile Entertainment
Byline: Steven Levy Trip Hawkins has always had twin fixations: computers and play. As a kid in Pasadena, Calif., he played endless hours of Strat-O-Matic dice baseball, then he took game theory at Harvard, before a Stanford M.B.A. led to a job...
Breast Cancer: A Ribbon's Far Reach
Byline: Karen Springen The pink parade starts again in October, the 20th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Times Square, 3M is building the World's Largest Pink Ribbon using Post-it notes with a ribbon imprint. There's ChapStick in pink packages,...
Budget Airlines: It's Been a Bumpy Ride; Ryanair Is Soaring, but Discount Air Travel Has Been a Risky Business. from Smooth Takeoffs to Crash Landings, a Look at the Turbulent History of Flying for Peanuts:
Byline: Andrew Romano Braniff: Known for aiming to fly anywhere with a landing strip, Braniff was the first (but not the last) major U.S. airline to go bankrupt in the wake of deregulation in '78. Braniff never recovered, but its influence persists:...
Capital Ideas
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn If you leased a car in the late 1990s, you got a terrific deal. All told, you paid less than the car's true worth and the lessor swallowed the loss. On SUVs you saved $5,000 or $6,000, compared with the cost of buying the...
Choose, Lose or Snooze; Two Tepid TV Events-One a Mini-Series, the Other a Documentary-About Democrats' Making a Run
Byline: Marc Peyser Fed up with politics? Don't look for an escape on TV, where every day will soon be Election Day, even where you'd least expect it. Next week the Sundance Channel debuts "Tanner on Tanner," a sequel to the acclaimed 1988 mini-series...
'Close Down Fronts'; Musharraf on Terror, Iraq and U.S. Exit Strategies
Byline: Lally Weymouth In spite of his close alliance with the Bush administration in the war against terror, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf last week made clear he has some policy disagreements with the White House. In a wide-ranging interview...
Delectable Detective; Author of 'No. 1 Ladies' Conjures a New Sleuth
Byline: Malcolm Jones Alexander McCall Smith gets away with a lot. He not only writes novels from a female perspective--he writes best- selling novels from a female perspective. His "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" mysteries--six novels set in...
Fingertip Windows; OQO May Be the Ultimate Gadget for Road Warriors. It's an 'Ultra-PC'-A Cross between a PDA and Laptop
Byline: Brad Stone It's only supposed to happen with a sports car or diamond ring. But the employees at San Francisco's OQO can't take their company's sleek new computer out in public without drawing attention. On airplanes, buses and trains, curious...
Forget Gym. It's Now 'Spa.'; Executives Want More Than a Treadmill. but You Don't Need to Go to Bali for a 'Purifying Bath Ritual.'
Byline: Brian Braiker When Jack O'Kelley was planning his firm's Florida work retreat, he knew what he wanted: "a large, lovely spa." (Well, who wouldn't?) As a scout for Katzenbach Partners' annual off-site, he sought out all the crucial business...
God Save the Queen; Latifah Takes a Risky Leap into Smoky Jazz Standards
Byline: Lorraine Ali Back in 1993, rap icon Queen Latifah challenged the growing misogyny of hip-hop by demanding, "Who you calling a bitch!?" in her hit single "U.N.I.T.Y." The music she loved was changing, and so was she. Now you can call the...
Grande Plans; Yes, It Can Seem like There's a Starbucks on Every Corner, but Howard Schultz Says His Company Is Just Warming Up. A Look at How He's Rewriting the Rules of Retailing
Byline: Brad Stone You can't go near the City Centre mall in downtown Seattle without seeing the coquettish mermaid logo of a certain international coffee company. There's a Starbucks kiosk just inside the mall entrance. Not a hundred yards away,...
Health: Don't Call Me 'Four Eyes'
Byline: Karen Springen Earlier this year Shaina Borowicz, 13, switched from glasses to colored contacts. "I don't think I look good in glasses," she says. Naturally brown-eyed, Borowicz (right) each day chooses from her collection of five colors:...
Homeland Security's Info: Miles from Nowhere
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff Security officials can't quite explain why singer Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was on a U.S. government "no fly" list. Homeland Security officials diverted his D.C.-bound jet to Bangor, Maine....
How to Pick a War President; Time to Debate: This Is the First Foreign-Policy Election in a Quarter Century. Voters Are Scared; They Want to Know Who Will Be the Best Commander in Chief. Here's What to Look For
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Forty-four years ago, on Sept. 26, 1960, the first presidential debate in American history was held in Chicago. Between 60 million and 70 million Americans watched Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy discuss the most contentious...
Is This Any Way to Run an Airline? Michael O'Leary Has Already Made Ryanair the Hero of European Travelers and the Bane of Its Rivals. What Will He Do for an Encore? Free Seats for Everybody!
***** CORRECTION: In "Is This Any Way to Run an Airline?" (Enterprise, Oct. 4), we reported that Ryanair claimed its average ticket is priced "570 percent lower than British Airways'." In fact, Ryanair claimed that British Airways' average fare...
Mags for the Modern Would-Be Mom
Byline: Claudia Kalb Long before "intracytoplasmic sperm injection" and "zygote intrafallopian transfer" entered the baby-making lexicon, there was one way to conceive: sex. But today, with tens of thousands of high-tech fertility babies born every...
Majestic Hits a Homer; A Family-Run Shop Will Be Making the Uniforms for All Big-Leaguers Next Year
Byline: Jennifer Barrett Ozols Late one Saturday night last February, Faust Capobianco IV learned the biggest baseball trade in years was about to go down: the Texas Rangers were sending Alex (A-Rod) Rodriguez, the league's highest-paid player,...
Mating Behavior 101; Social Scientists Have Recently Begun to Study Sex on Campus, in Search of the Truth about 'Hooking Up'
Byline: Daniel McGinn It was just after sunset on a warm day at the College of New Jersey. Under a rising moon, the soccer team ran the field in the lighted stadium. Outside the student union, a guitar duo played an acoustic set. And in a dormitory...
Memo to Bloggers: Heal Thyselves; Taking the Low Road Is a Well-Trodden Path to Big Readership, Just as It Is in Old Media
Byline: Steven Levy Things are quiet on the Where Is Raed blog these days. Quite a contrast to the weeks preceding the Iraqi war, when self-described "accidental journalist" Salam Pax (a pseudonym) became an international celebrity by providing...
Mortal Kombat, Election Level; How Historic Could It Be If Two Presidential Candidates Were Brave Enough to Reach across the Divide and Say the People Deserve Better?
Byline: Anna Quindlen When I was a kid, the games people played could be divided into those of the body and those of the brain. Stickball and bocce, poker and chess. I had kids of my own by the time the dominant form became that hypnotic hybrid,...
Newsmakers
Byline: Jac Chebatoris, Jennifer Ordonez, Keith Naughton Q&A: Nancy Sinatra She'll always be her father's daughter, but Nancy Sinatra, 64, has never been shy about making a name for herself, either, most famously with the '60s hit "These...
No Place Is Safe; Life in Baghdad: Some Suicide Bombings Don't Even Get Headlines Anymore
Byline: Rod Nordland (With Joseph Contreras in Baghdad, Eve Conant in Washington, Barbie Nadeau in Rome, Emily Flynn in London and Eric Pape in Paris) Bricks and plaster blew inward from the wall, as the windows all shattered and I fell to the floor--whether...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom: New York Times, St. Petersburg Times, CNN, Associated Press, "Memorandum Of Understanding," CNN, New York Times, Associated Press, St. Paul Pioneer Press, New York Post "This will be Arkansas if you...
Presidents and Jobs (Again); I've Said You Should Discount Rhetoric That They Can Easily Affect the Number or Quality of New Jobs. Many Readers Were Appalled by the Message
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Every presidential election is an exercise in hope and exaggeration. We hope "our" candidate's triumph will uplift the nation. But the usual campaign exaggerations may deceive and disillusion us. In two recent columns,...
Supreme Court: And the Nominees Are
Byline: Cliff Sloan and Stuart Taylor Jr. Be it George W. Bush or John Kerry, the newly elected president will likely have vacancies to fill on the Supreme Court. Four justices are older than 70, and rumors have swirled for years that Chief Justice...
Taking the High Road, Riding the Shoulder; as a Cyclist, I'm Prepared to Suck My Share of Exhaust, but I Shouldn't Have to Fear for My Life
Byline: Becca Hutchinson (Hutchinson lives in Newark, Dela.) For more than a year now, I've ridden my bike to work. This wasn't something I began as a means to save the world or improve myself. When I first took up the practice, it wasn't to make...
The Book of Bob; Bob Dylan Is about to Publish a Remarkably Candid, Long-Awaited Memoir. He Gave Us the First Excerpt, and We Sat Down for an Extraordinarily Wide-Ranging Talk
When I tell Bob Dylan he's the last person I'd have expected to turn autobiographer, he laughs and says, "Yeah, me too." It's not just that he guards his privacy so carefully that he's arranged to meet in a motel room someplace in the Midwest--which...
The Editors Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker My parents were children of the civil-rights movement and fans of folk music, so as a child I listened to early Bob Dylan records like "The Times They Are A-Changin'." As I grew older, I fell in love with his electric "Highway...
The Ground Game; 'F2F': Yes, Debates Are Important. but the Real Action Is in the Trenches. the High-Tech Tactics for Getting Bodies to the Polls
Byline: Howard Fineman (With Tamara Lipper and T. Trent Gegax in Washington, Arian Campo-Flores in Florida, Rebecca Sinderbrand in Wisconsin, Holly Bailey in New Hampshire, Richard Wolffe with Kerry and Susannah Meadows in New York) The line began...
They Dress to Express; Political T Shirts-On the Right and the Left-Pit Teenagers against Their School Administrators
Byline: Vanessa Juarez (With Claire Sulmers) When Tim Gies was a sophomore at Michigan's Bay City Central High School, the United States was preparing to go to war in Iraq, and Gies became so passionate about politics that he began wearing his views...
Tiger: Not out of the Woods Yet
Byline: Devin Gordon On a lovely afternoon in Manhattan last week, two black SUVs pulled up in front of a Starbucks on Fifth Avenue. As bodyguards in both cars debated whose turn it was to make a coffee run, Tiger Woods, dressed in a snappy pinstripe...
Town-Gown Showdown; A Harvard Graduate Student Stands Trial for Murder
Byline: Chelsea Lowe and Dirk Johnson (With Jonathan Murad) They came from different worlds. Alexander Pring-Wilson, 25, a Harvard grad scholar, could speak several languages. "Sander," as his friends know him, figured to become a lawyer, just like...
Trouble on Oily Waters; A Bear Market for Freelance Soldiers in Africa?
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Tom Masland The International Peace Operations Association has a lot more clout at the Pentagon than the name might suggest. Calling itself an "association of military-service provider companies," it's the closest thing...
We're Dodging the Draft Issue; If We Need to Occupy Another Country That Threatens Us, We Will Either Do It with the Help of Our Allies or the Conscription of Our Kids
Byline: Jonathan Alter It's a potentially lethal issue--the kind that could make young voters swarm to the polls and their nervous parents change their minds about supporting President Bush. Republicans are peeved over Democratic claims that the...
What the Huckabees?! David O. Russell's New Movie Is a Strange, Frenetic, Metaphysical Comedy. Bring Your Decoder Ring
Byline: David Ansen Unlike Altman or Scorsese, who have instantly recognizable styles, David O. Russell ("Flirting With Disaster," "Three Kings") never takes you to the same place twice. He's a tough guy to pigeonhole or predict. Now, in his first...
Why All the Black Eyes? Critics Say CBS's Controversies Are No Coincidence
Byline: Johnnie L. Roberts In a tongue-in-cheek video intended to warm up a crowd of advertisers in May, CBS president Leslie Moonves strolls into a bar. He meets a notorious bunch, including actors playing Martha Stewart and Steve Bartman, the...