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 June 12

15 Ideas to Recharge America; Our Team of Experts Weighs in on How to Keep Pace in Changing Times
can the united statesremain competitive in the changing global environment? NEWSWEEK asked 15 leaders in the fields of science, technology, education and business to assess the challenges we face and to offer some solutions. Entrepreneurs and venture...
An Identity Heist the Size of Texas
Byline: Steven Levy The nation was shocked last month to learn that a data analyst from the Department of Veterans Affairs had downloaded a database containing more than 26 million personal records, taken it home with him and then had his laptop...
Beliefwatch: Devil Day
Byline: Steven Waldman and Kim Winston This Tuesday, if you're filling out an application or writing a check, you might think twice when you write the common abbreviation for that date. For the first time in 100 years, the calendar will turn to...
Consumed by Guilt, I Just Stopped Eating; First Anorexic, Then Bulimic, I Always Found New Ways to Punish Myself. Finally, I'm Whole Again
Byline: Ellyn Mantell (MANTELL lives in Watchung, N.J.) Recently I was out for dinner and ran into a woman I had not seen since leaving Emerson College in 1968. As we reminisced, I wondered if she had ever known how much I was suffering back then....
Diplo-Dancing with Iran; Rice Makes an Offer to Tehran-With Tough Conditions
Byline: Michael Hirsh With Maziar Bahari A month ago Condi Rice was in deep trouble, and she knew it. The secretary of State's strategy for stopping Iran's nuclear program--by uniting major nations against Tehran--was in danger of falling apart....
Documents: How Homeland Made Its Antiterror Grants
Byline: Mark Hosenball Homeland security officials slashed antiterror funding to New York City and Washington, D.C., while handing generous grants to Omaha, Louisville, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C.--even though, according to internal government documents...
Fast Chat: All-Star Journalist
Byline: Jac Chebatoris Sitting in the dark watching a movie with Brad Pitt or eating homemade fudge with Loretta Lynn was all in a day's work for Rolling Stone writer and former MTV2 VJ Jancee Dunn. Her memoir, "But Enough About Me ... ," recounts...
Hank's Likely Headaches; to Excel as Treasury Secretary, Paulson Needs Something No One Wants: An Economic Crisis That Enables Him to Act as Hero
Byline: Robert Samuelson It's hard not to feel some sympathy for departing Treasury Secretary John Snow. He worked tirelessly for President George W. Bush, trudging all over the country to plug the administration's policies. In 2005 Snow spoke at...
Heroine by a Hairbreadth; before the Pulitzer, Her Book Was a Goner. It's Back
Byline: David Gates Last year Claudia Emerson, a poet who teaches at Virginia's University of Mary Washington, published a collection called "Late Wife": one of those quarter-inch-thick volumes whose spines you cock your head to read on the six-foot...
How Long Will America Lead the World? the United States Is Still the Dominant Force in Technology, Innovation, Productivity and Profits. but Americans Don't Quite Realize How Fast the Rest of the World Is Catching Up
Byline: Fareed Zakaria Queen victoria's diamond Jubilee, held in London on June 22, 1897, was one of the grandest fetes the world has ever seen: 46,000 troops and 11 colonial prime ministers arrived from the four corners of the earth to pay homage...
How to Embrace Change; the New World Economy Is Disorienting, but Full of Opportunities for Us to Seize
Byline: Gordon Brown (The Rt. Hon. GORDON BROWN is the United Kingdom's chancellor of the Exchequer.) In the last year 1 million jobs have been lost from America, Europe and Japan--and one quarter of a million service jobs gone offshore. For the...
Life in the Fast Lane; Pixar Delivers 'Cars,' a Typically Eye-Popping, If Slightly Uninspiring, Story about the Need for Speed
Byline: David Ansen From a teeming nascar speed-way to a dilapidated Southwestern town on the old Route 66, "Cars" fills the screen with super realistic computer animation so fanatically detailed, so packed with shiny goodies that it could have...
Money: Invest the Time Yourself
Byline: Linda Stern Ours is a nation of financial idiots, according to plenty of surveys. But hey, who isn't intimidated by the jargon of mortgage bankers, insurance salesmen and stockbrokers? Educating yourself can be tough--and not because...
Mr. Irreplaceable; Paul Westerberg on Reuniting (Sort of) with Those Beautiful Losers, the Replacements
Byline: Jennifer Ordonez The replacements never had a big hit--just love from critics and fans, compelled by both the raw, smart music and the rock-and-roll behavior. Original lead guitarist Bob Stinson died of an overdose in 1995, but his brother,...
Newsmakers: Woody Harrelson, National Spelling Bee
Byline: Nicki Gostin, Devin Gordon Woody Harrelson plays a singing cowboy in Robert Altman's "Prairie Home Companion." Awaiting the imminent birth of his third child, he spoke with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin. It's cool that you're in Italy--your...
Perspectives
"The epidemic continues to outpace us." United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, on global progress against AIDS. Annan says countries must redouble their efforts. "Canada is not immune to the threat of terrorism." Royal Canadian Mounted...
Politics of the Altar; GOP Leaders Are Putting Gay Marriage Back on the Agenda. Will Voters Respond?
Byline: Debra Rosenberg (With Richard Wolffe, Holly Bailey and Karen Breslau) Back in 2004, suburban Seattle pastor Alec Row-lands watched with dismay as gay couples in Massachusetts flocked to courthouses and churches, exchanged vows and walked...
Probing Bloodbath; the Marines Were Well Prepared for War, but Not for Insurgency. Did Some of Them Snap-And Slaughter Innocent Civilians in Cold Blood?
Byline: Evan Thomas and Scott Johnson (With Sarah Childress in Baghdad, Salih Mahdi in Haditha, John Barry, Dan Ephron and Michael Hirsh in Washington, Michael Hastings in New York, Jamie Reno in San Diego, Rod Nordland in London, Stefan Theil in Berlin...
Rosemary's Babies; More Than Ever, Horror Flicks like the New 'Omen' Are Relying on a Shopworn Movie Tradition: The Creepy Kid
Byline: Devin Gordon If you're a parent hoping to break your little boy or girl into movie acting, start by asking yourself the following questions: Does my child look at all like evil incarnate? Does he (or she) have translucent skin? Big, marble...
Seeing the Bright Side; A Panel of Foreign Observers Are Cautiously Optimistic about America's Ability to Weather Global Competition
Byline: Reported by Stefan Theil in Berlin, Steven Ambrus in Bogota, Sudip Mazumdar in New Delhi, Melinda Liu in Hangzhou, Anna Nemtsova in Tbilisi, Rana Foroohar in London and Tony Emerson in New York To get a sense of how the rest of the world...
Shanghai Starts Up; A Company of Talented Chinese Programmers Is Designing Software That Rivals Silicon Valley's Best. and at about One Third the Cost
Byline: Steven Levy (With Melinda Liu in Beijing and Brad Stone in Silicon Valley) The shanghai Pudong Software Park didn't exist a few years ago. Now about 20,000 programmers negotiate traffic jams every day to get there. Throngs of former school...
The Drug War: 'The Best High They've Ever Had'
Byline: Hilary Shenfeld Street users call it drop dead, executioner, flat-liner, the exorcist, Al Capone, fefe, Teflon and diesel. Cops know it as a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl, an anesthetic and painkiller far more potent than morphine. For...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Mark Whitaker As he was reporting for this week's cover story on an alleged civilian massacre in Haditha, Michael Hastings contacted a Marine he befriended while embedded with a unit near Fallujah last fall. The soldier said he liked to...
The Future Is in Their Hands; When North Carolina Started Losing Jobs Overseas, the State Overhauled Its Education System to Create a 21st-Century Work Force
Byline: Barbara Kantrowitz (With Pat Wingert) Chad Lewis is a burly 18-year-old with a passion for engines. In an ordinary high school, that passion might have distracted him from required courses in history, English and math. But Lewis has spent...
The Girl Can't Help It; Celeb-Baiting Comedian Kathy Griffin, Whose Show 'My Life on the D-List' Returns This Month, Has a Foul Mouth and a Bad Attitude. and It's Made Her a Star
Byline: Sean Smith I heard that Oprah is upset with me, but whatever," Kathy Griffin says, at home in the Hollywood Hills. And if Oprah isn't actually upset, she's about to be. "I love that Oprah does shows about saving Africa--that's awesome--but...
They'd Rather Be in Philly
Byline: DENIS MACSHANE (MACSHANE, a Labour M.P., was Tony Blair's Europe minister from 2002 to 2005.) Europe has a new fetish--political necrophilia. You might have thought that France and the Netherlands killed off the European constitution a year...
This Week Online
Byline: Susanna Schrobsdorff; For Susanna Schrobsdorff's full interview, go to xtra.NEWSWEEK.com on MSNBC NEWSWEEK: Your new book looks at how the Internet shaped a generation. What's the answer? David Goodwillie, author of "Seemed Like A Good...
Your Mother's Maiden Name; the Notion of Privacy Has Become, like Atlantis, a Persistent and Attractive Myth. We Thoughtlessly Gave It Away Bit by Bit
Byline: Anna Quindlen I used to hear strange clicking sounds on my telephone and assume it was Verizon's usual level of service. Now I figure it's the National Security Agency. When USA Today broke the news that the Feds were tracking the phone...