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 April 25

A Bankrupt Way to Do Business; They Put Huge Deficits on Plastic for Our Grandkids to Pay. They Sell Us out to Predatory Lenders. They're the Credit Card Congress
Byline: Jonathan Alter Let's say Peter Jennings was named Jeter Pennings and instead of making more than $7 million a year, he earns $70,000, still comfortably middle class. Pennings has lung cancer, and he understandably wants the best treatment...
A Criminal Slips through; an Accomplice in a Huge Insurance Scam Gained Easy Access to a Pension Fund's Data. A NEWSWEEK Exclusive
Byline: Charles Gasparino Chris O'Keefe, a tech manager at TIAA-CREF, the massive pension fund for teachers and professors, figured it was a no-brainer to hire Sonia Radencovich. Her resume listed the right experience for testing TIAA-CREF's computer...
A Head Start on Fitness; Parents Can Help Their Toddlers and Preschoolers Develop Healthy Habits. First, Turn off the Darn TV
Byline: Claudia Kalb and Karen Springen Toddlers are by nature active, curious, energetic little people. They love to run, they love to dance, they love to climb. Like the rest of us, however, they live in a world of temptation: fast food, TV, videogames....
A Lingering Mystery on the Cape; Why Did It Take So Long to Arrest a Suspected Killer?
Byline: Rebecca Sinderbrand (With Kathryn Williams) For three years, police in tiny Truro, Massachusetts, had been searching for a killer. Yet they had no idea who murdered 46-year-old Christa Worthington. A world-weary fashion writer from a prominent...
A Monster on the Loose; Beijing Wanted to Shake Up Tokyo-But Not like This
Byline: Melinda Liu (With Christian Caryl in Tokyo and Jonathan Ansfield in Beijing) If there was a script, this wasn't in it. China's president, Hu Jintao, convened an emergency session of the Politburo's powerful Standing Committee two weekends...
And Now, the Hard Part; That Sweet Little Thing Is about to Commandeer Your Life. Be Prepared
Byline: Lauren Picker Amber Krystallis isn't getting out much these days. She spends every waking moment at someone else's beck and call, performing a dizzying blur of tasks that never seem to satisfy her commander, much less elicit a thank you....
A Peaceful Adolescence; the Teen Years Don't Have to Be a Time of Family Storm and Stress. Most Kids Do Just Fine and Now Psychologists Are Finding out Why That Is
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz and Karen Springen (With Julie Scelfo) At 17, Amanda Hund is a straight-A student who loves competing in horse shows. The high school junior from Willmar, Minn., belongs to her school's band, orchestra and choir. She regularly...
Beyond the Birds and Bees; It's More Important Than Ever for Parents and Kids to Communicate about Sex. What to Say and When
Byline: Karen Springen A few decades ago, many parents were content to let their kids learn about the birds and bees from pals on the playground. These days, smart parents know that straight talk on sex can ease some of the confusion surrounding...
Books: Conjuring Up Dark Clouds
Byline: Malcolm Jones Robert Oppenheimer had a changeling's face. Seen straight on, he was beguilingly handsome. Seen from the side, he was almost goofy looking. He was slue-footed and a klutz around machines. The contradictions were not superficial:...
CEO'S: Tragic Lessons Learned
Byline: Daniel McGinn When it comes to succession planning, corporate boards usually prepare for disaster by putting together what they call "the envelope," which contains instructions on who takes over if the chief executive is suddenly incapacitated....
Conservative Contradictions; Capital, Goods and Services Move Freely across Borders. in Such a World, to Rant and Rail against the Erosion of Sovereignty Is Pointless
Byline: Fareed Zakaria (Write the author at comments@fareedzakaria.com.) In the debate over John Bolton's nomination as ambassador to the United Nations, his defenders have repeatedly delighted at the prospect of a real discussion on the issues....
Diagnosis: Internet Phobia; Seniors Who Shun the Web Miss out. How to Help
Byline: Nadine Joseph and Brad Stone Dorothy Harris took two buses through the pouring rain in south Chicago a few weeks ago to improve her finances and possibly even her health--by using the Internet. With help from a volunteer and a Web tutorial...
Family Matters; We Don't Get Sick or Stay Well by Ourselves. the People Closest to Us Affect Every Aspect of Our Health-And Our Own Well-Being Affects Theirs
Byline: Geoffrey Cowley (With Claudia Kalb, Anne Underwood and Karen Springen) The girl's name was Sally. She was 10 years old and had never had serious health problems. But when Dr. William Coleman met her last winter, she was irritable, withdrawn...
Finding What Works; Medication Helps Many Kids. but It's Hard to Know Which Drugs for Which Kids
Byline: Peg Tyre Hunter Walrath's parents were hopeful when a child psychiatrist prescribed Concerta for their 9-year-old son. A bright, highly verbal boy, Hunter has a laundry list of disabilities: he suffers from ADHD, faulty executive functioning,...
Food: Secrets of a Chowhound
Byline: Anna Kuchment Jim Leff speaks in a breathless staccato: "Incredible barbecue. In a shack. In Newark." He's raving about his newest restaurant find, which he says serves some of the best South Carolina-style mustard sauce in the Northeast....
Heredity and Health: Tracking Family History
Byline: Howard Lewine, M.D. (Lewine is chief editor for Internet publishing at Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School. For more information, visit health.harvard.edu/NEWSWEEK.) Elevated cholesterol is always a cause for concern, but...
High-Tech Birth: Do You Need a C-Section?
Byline: Fredric D. Frigoletto Jr., M.D., and Christine Junge (Frigoletto is the Charles and Robert Montraville Green Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and chief of obstetrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. JUNGE is...
It's Never Too Late; You Can Still Get Healthy. Plus, Losing Belly Fat and More
Byline: Lewine is medical director for Internet publishing at Harvard Health Publications and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Readers should consult a medical professional for accurate diagnoses. MANILA, PHILIPPINES: I am a married Asian...
My Candidate Lost, but My Vote Was Counted; Once I Avoided the Polls. Now I Go to Support the Kind of Democracy That Doesn't Exist in Nigeria
Byline: Minabere Ibelema (Ibelema teaches at the University of Alabama.) As I stood under a drizzling rain waiting to vote in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., last November, I felt the vague urge to justify it to myself. There I was, nearly 50 years...
Mystery Flight; Two Passengers Trigger Alarms-And Fresh Echoes of 9/11
Byline: Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh (With Michael Isikoff and John Barry in Washington, Friso Endt at Schiphol airport (Amsterdam), Andrew Murr in Phoenix, Joseph Contreras in Miami, Christopher Dickey in Paris and Ruth Tenenbaum in New York)...
Newsmakers
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Marc Peyser, Ramin Setoodeh Q&A: ELLEN BARKIN Ellen Barkin is as feisty and outspoken as ever. She's starring in Todd Solondz's controversial new movie, "Palindromes." She talked with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. Were...
Oil-for-Food: How Much Did Boutros-Ghali Hear?
***** CORRECTION: The photo accompanying our April 25 Periscope article "How Much Did Boutros-Ghali Hear?" was not of the former U.N. secretary-general. Corbis Photo Agency provided the incorrect caption information. In fact, it was of former Egyptian...
Perspectives
Byline: Quotation sources from top to bottom, left to right: Whitehouse.gov, Billboard Radio Monitor, Associated Press, BBC.com, The Nation, CNN.com, The Washington Post, BBC.com, Associated Press, USA Today "I think there are different levels of...
Psychiatric Drugs: The New Pharmacopoeia
Byline: Steven Schlozman, M.D. (Schlozman is associate director of training for child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate director of medical-student education in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For more...
Pump Up the Family; When Parents and Kids Eat Right and Exercise Together, Healthy Homes Can Be Happy Homes
Byline: Claudia Kalb and Karen Springen Bruce and Lisa Smith never skimped much on food. Chips, fried chicken, canned fruit, sodas--they ate as much as they wanted, whenever they wanted. Exercise? Pretty much nonexistent, unless you count working...
Red, White & Bold; Forget Taciturn Toyota. the Carmaker's Got a New American Attitude: It's Taking Risks, Adding U.S. Factories and Wearing Its Ambitions on Its Sleeve
Byline: Keith Naughton (With Christian Caryl in Tokyo) When U.S. automakers teetered on the brink of collapse 25 years ago, Japan-bashing in Detroit was in full swing--literally--as autoworkers took sledgehammers to Toyotas. Today General Motors...
Teen Depression: When Should You Worry?
Byline: Jeff Q. Bostic, M.D., Ed.D., and Michael Craig Miller, M.D. (Bostic is director of school psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Miller is editor in chief of the Harvard...
The Artistry of Mr. Maddux; as the Steroids Era Closes, He Vindicates Bill Veeck, Who Said You Do Not Need to Be Seven Feet Tall or Seven Feet Wide to Play Baseball
Byline: George Will Baseball's almost seamless history has had only one stark disjunction, the one about 1920, between the dead-ball and lively-ball eras. But within the lively-ball era there has been the steroids parenthesis--the era of some synthetically...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker We at NEWSWEEK pride ourselves on our coverage of politics. So it was particularly gratifying last week to be the only publication to receive a 2005 National Magazine Award, the highest honor in our industry, for reporting...
The Papacy: Sainthood So Subito?
Byline: Kenneth L. Woodward The massive and moving funeral of Pope John Paul II has provoked the first major controversy since the cardinals arrived in Rome to choose his successor. Citing the shouts and placards demanding "Santo subito" ("Saint...
The War on Judges; BATTLE OF THE BENCH: The Rhetoric Is Heated. the Political Will Is Strong. Inside the Right's Campaign to Rein in Judicial Clout
Byline: Debra Rosenberg (With Stuart Taylor Jr., Cliff Sloan, Holly Bailey and Catharine Skipp Graphic by Andrew Romano) It was meant as an olive branch in a time of escalating hostilities. For months, members of Congress had been railing against...
This Bet May Cost You Big; the Plan to Reform Social Security Will Mean a Double Cut in Benefits. Returns from Private Accounts Are Unlikely to Cover Both
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn (Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld) When the president argues for privatizing Social Security, he hammers home a single point: it's a better financial deal for the young. If they all had personal investment accounts,...
Torn between Faith & Science; He's a Doctor and a Pol, the Senate Leader and a White House Wanna-Be. It's Not Always Easy Being Bill Frist
Byline: Howard Fineman (With Elise Soukup, Debra Rosenberg, Eleanor Clift and Holly Bailey) Sen. Bill Frist is a heart surgeon who admires what he calls "the surgical personality": precise, sensitive to details, focused. He and his aides thought...
When Cultures Clash; A Growing Medical Challenge: Doctors and Patients Often Can't Communicate
Byline: Anne Underwood and Jerry Adler Urdu, Mandarin, Haitian Creole... By the thousands each week, they pass through the doors of Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, the borough of New York City that contains Kennedy airport and is home to perhaps a...