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 August 2

Amish out of Water; A Reality Show Creates the Strangest Bedfellows Yet. Can UPN Get a Witness?
Byline: Marc Peyser (With Ayesha Mcadams-Mahmoud) As reality-TV shows go, the newest one from UPN couldn't be more cliched. You've seen the house before. It's got loud colors, a gorgeous pool and, despite being practically a mansion, all the beds...
An Icon, Ready for a Takeover; the Thought of It Boggles the Mind. Ma Bell Once Bestrode the Earth like a Corporate Giant. Now the Likes of Kohlberg, Kravis Are Eying It
Byline: Allan Sloan It's come to this: AT&T, once the mightiest company on earth, the firm that reached out and touched almost every American household, is not only giving up on attracting new residential customers--but it's almost certain to...
Can Kerry Make the Sale? Speech Therapy: In Boston, He Must Show America That He Has What It Takes to Lead-And Tell Us Who He Really Is
Byline: Howard Fineman The wind had finally come up, and yet it wasn't too stiff: ideal for kite-surfing. John Kerry motored out into the sunlit waters of Nantucket Sound with his longtime friend and instructor Nevin Sayre--known to the housekeeper...
Career Intervention: Halle Berry; She's a Big Talent, So Why the Bad Movies? Tough Love for an Oscar Winner
Byline: Sean Smith THE CRISIS: Has a best actress ever made such tragic post-Oscar choices? Variety compared her "Catwoman" performance to Elizabeth Berkley's in "Showgirls." Not good no matter who you are--and devastating if you've got a gold...
Crazy like A Foxx; If You Still Think of Jamie Foxx as a Comic (and a Legendary Party Animal), Think Again. Meet an Actor at Work-And at Play
Byline: Allison Samuels Jamie Foxx is a party all by himself: one recent afternoon, in his African-accented L.A. bachelor pad, he regaled a visitor with impersonations of Quincy Jones and Al Pacino, a rapid-fire series of "dozens" jokes and a mini-set...
Crime: Rusty Yates's Request
Byline: Anne Belli Gesalman In early June, Andrea Yates began refusing to eat or drink. Last week a critically ill and confused Yates, who had lost more than 20 pounds and believed her kids were still alive, was rushed 175 miles away from her prison...
Education: Need Help? Check Down the Hall
Byline: Olivia Ma When Matt Nagowski, a Cornell University senior working in Washington, D.C., for the summer, wanted to look up fellow college interns, he turned to thefacebook.com . He did a global search for students in D.C. and arranged for...
Events Sprint Past Politics; in Presidential Elections, the Importance of a Pleasing Personality Is Inversely Proportional to the Seriousness of the Nation's Challenges
Byline: George F. Will The story is probably apocryphal but also plausible. It is that John C. Calhoun, the austere 19th-century South Carolinian who was a congressman, vice president and senator but never was Mr. Congeniality, once attempted to...
Exclusive: Campaign Cash Questions
Byline: Michael Isikoff and Holly Bailey John Edwards, seeking to avert a potential new flap over campaign fund-raising, is returning $44,035 in contributions raised by a prominent Los Angeles trial lawyer whose activities have come under legal...
Fertility and the Freezer; New Technology Allows Women to Put Their Eggs on Ice. Doctors Urge Caution, but Some People Can't Wait
Byline: Claudia Kalb Sauntering into a coffee shop in Pasadena, Calif., Cassandra McCarthy--pink flip-flops, big smile--looks carefree. But McCarthy, 34, is worried: will she find a mate and have kids before her fertility plummets? A few months...
GEAR; Don't Freak over Packing for College. TIP SHEET Shopped Far and Wide to Bring You the Best Gear Around
***** CORRECTION: In Tip Sheet's Aug. 2 "Back to College Edition" we misstated the name and price of one of the items. The T-Mobile Sidekick II will be available later this fall at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $299. NEWSWEEK regrets...
Hating Bush Is Not A Winning Ticket; Ask the Clinton Haters of '98: Hitting Too Hard Can Backfire
Byline: Jonathan Alter Linda Ronstadt had a little problem at the Aladdin casino in Las Vegas last week. After she dedicated her song "Desperado" to Michael Moore and described him as "an American hero," patrons began booing and heading for the...
'I Do Get Agitated'; in the Wings: 2008 Looms Large. but Hillary Is Focused, like a White-Hot Laser, on Beating Bush
Byline: Melinda Henneberger As the Democratic presidential field was still taking shape two years ago, Hillary Clinton invited longtime friend Martha Whetstone to have dinner with her husband at their home in Chappaqua, N.Y. The senator had an appointment,...
It's More Than a War; to Defeat Terrorism We Must Think beyond Bureaucratic Reform and Even beyond Military Force. What We Need Is a New Global Strategy
Byline: Fareed Zakaria You know that the 9/11 Commission report has had a real impact because Congress has decided to meet in sweltering August to act on its recommendations. In fact, the report is fast achieving Biblical status. Both left and right...
Kerry 'Will Have It Both Ways'; an Old Rival's Recipe for a GOP Win This Fall
Byline: William F. Weld (Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. He is currently a principal at Leeds Weld & Co., a New York private equity firm.) I never thought I'd lose to John Kerry in 1996. Although Kerry was the incumbent...
Newsmakers; $650 Million: Amount DreamWorks' Animation Divison Expects to Fetch on the Open Market. Thanks, Shrek
Byline: Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud (Devin Gordon Nicki Gostin) Q&A: Kathy Bates Kathy Bates scared the bejesus out of us in "Misery" and transfixed us in "About Schmidt." Now she's playing a fallen talk-show host in "Little Black Book," with...
Perspectives
"We must prepare and we must act." Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which released its final report last week, on the probability of a future terrorist attack on the United States "I would be disappointed with the maturity of the young...
Snap Judgement: Music
Byline: Jac Chebatoris (Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud Devin Gordon) Autobiography Ashlee Simpson If Avril is the anti-Britney, then the younger Simpson sister is the anti-Jessica. While her blond big sis is all sweetness and light, the brunette and...
Star Power; Showtime: Some Are on the Rise; Others Have Long Been Fixtures in the Firmament. A Galaxy of Bright Democratic Lights
THE CONSIGLIERE Joe Biden U.S. Senator, Delaware Joe Biden could have been just another losing candidate in this year's race for the Democratic presidential ticket. Instead the Delaware senator's decision to stay out of the campaign freed...
The Bush-Whacker; Look! Up in the Sky! Is It a Bird? No. Is It a Plane? Definitely Not a Plane. It's . .
Byline: Weston Kosova (Holly Bailey) OK, it's John Kerry. In tights. But for Democrats itching to show President Bush the door this November, he is the next best thing to a high-flying superhero come to save the day. Armed with a storied Vietnam...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker (--Mark Whitaker) For any major news organization, covering a presidential campaign is a movable, multigenerational feast. We all have our grizzled veterans with their wisdom and war stories about past races, and the highest-level...
The 'Golden Years' Are Beginning to Tarnish; after 45 Years of Marriage and One Son, I Thought the Best Was Yet to Come. Then My Husband Retired
Byline: Jan Zeh My worst nightmare has become reality. My husband retired. As the CEO of his own software company, he used to make important decisions daily. Now he decides when to take a nap and for how long. He does not play golf, tennis or bridge,...
The Kerry Kids; Swat Team: They're Young, Bright, Hot-And Just Might Help Make Their Stiff Dad Seem Cool
Byline: Susannah Meadows and T. Trent Gegax (With Sarah Childress) It was supposed to be John Kerry's coming-out party. But then Bill Clinton took the stage to introduce the all-but-crowned nominee at a dinner for Democrats in Washington last spring,...
The Solitary Soldier; A Life in Full: He Comes from Money, but Had Less Than His Schoolmates. He Is Smart and Courageous but Can Be Cautious and Distant. from Childhood to Combat to the Senate, Exploring the Roots of John Kerry's Enigmatic Character
Byline: Evan Thomas John Kerry has never fit in easily. When NEWSWEEK asked about 30 of his 90-odd classmates at St. Paul's School to name his friends, they were stumped. Most confessed, after suggesting several different names, that they weren't...
This Week Online
Byline: Jennifer Barrett Ozols Chrissy Gephardt NEWSWEEK: Did you find any similarities between your experience on "American Candidate" and your work on your father's real presidential campaign? Finalist in new reality-tv show: A lot of the...