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 Vol. 152, No. 15, October 13

A Battle over Billy Graham
Byline: Lisa Miller The Evangelist Billy Graham turns 90 next month, and in this final chapter of his life, a number of laudatory books and movies are scheduled for release. One of these, a biopic called "Billy: The Early Years," arrives in theaters...
A Lawyer's New Jefferson Memorial
Byline: Jennie Yabroff The next chapter in the Hemings saga When she was in first grade, Annette Gordon-Reed made history. Although Brown v. Board of Education had passed a decade earlier, the school district of Conroe, Texas, where Gordon-Reed...
An Apparent Flip-Flop on Gay Rights
Byline: Karen Breslau Watching the vice presidential debate, you might have gotten the impression that Sarah Palin supports civil rights for same-sex couples. During an exchange on the topic, both she and Joe Biden said they oppose gay marriage....
An Overwhelming Drive to Win Again and Again
Byline: Dara Torres, Olympic Medalist I feel like I'm one with the water, like I was meant to be in the water. Strap some gills on me and I'll just live in the water. It's peaceful, serene. I feel comfortable in the water. No one bothers you when...
A Salve for Slumping CEOs
Byline: Andrew Murr Feeling blue because you're an embattled CEO getting blamed for bringing down the U.S. economy? Jerry Levin feels your pain. The deposed Time Warner chairman, who oversaw the disastrous 2000 merger with AOL, is now the presiding...
Beat Back the Bugs
Byline: Karen Springen For families, fall marks the start of germ-fighting season. Kids catch an average of one to two colds per month during the school year; parents catch fewer but suffer just as much. Mom and Dad miss work to care for their children,...
Best and the Brightest
A Tennessee congressman says with the energy crisis we face another Sputnik moment. It sometimes seems as if the days of ambitious government science programs, like the Apollo space missions or the Manhattan Project, have ended. But Rep. Bart Gordon,...
Best Organics for the Buck
Byline: Karen Springen Fewer Americans are buying organic. The number of people who regularly consume organic food and drinks dropped from 25 percent to 22 percent in the last year, according to a new report from consultant NPD Group. With the economy...
Biden's Unified Theory of Biden
Byline: Jonathan Alter At a Wilmington coffee shop, the veep nominee falls off the tight-lipped wagon. Joe Biden was so disciplined during the vice presidential debate, so brief (under five minutes!) in his speech bidding farewell to his son...
Changing the World, One Job at a Time
Byline: Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook I've chosen my jobs based on the mission of the organizations and the vision of their leaders: Larry Summers at Treasury; Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt at Google; and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook....
Drop That Corn Dog, Doctor
Byline: Claudia Kalb If doctors aren't making wise choices about their health, what kind of message are they sendingtheir patients? I'm not naive when it comes to doctors' diets. I've seen M.D.s eat cookies in hospital cafeterias and gulp down...
Education, the Song of Hope
Byline: Shakira; Shakira has sold more than 50 million albums; her next is slated for release in the spring. How going from middle class to poor as a child set Shakira on a mission. Often you don't know what you have until you lose it. When I...
From New York to Tokyo, She Knows What Women Want
Byline: Anna Sui, Designer When I was 4 years old, I was already talking about becoming a designer. I'm not exactly sure where I got that notion. It was probably something I saw on television. It seemed like a very glamorous life. In my second...
Good Luck to the Next Guy
Byline: Howard Fineman At the zenith of his presidency, George W. Bush wore a flight suit-- but now he's leaving his successor in a straitjacket. As the presidential candidates tout their plans for the future, it's easy to overlook the dismal reality:...
Is This A Replay of 1929?
Byline: Robert J. Samuelson Unlike during the Great Depression the government is now a huge part of the economy. And officials have moved quickly, if clumsily, to contain the crisis. Watching the slipping economy and Congress's epic debate over...
It Takes Power to Cut the Cord
Byline: Daniel Lyons 'Batteries are holding back the portable revolution,' says the CEO of a firm that's developing an answer: a pocket-size fuel cell. My new 3g iPhone is a wonderful device, but it has one very serious short-coming. The battery...
Lessons from Childhood in Helping at Home and Overseas
Byline: Helene Gayle, CEO, CARE I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., the middle child of five children. We were very fortunate to be raised in a family that put a high value on giving back to the community. My mother was a social worker, very much focused...
Lessons from the Front Lines
After years in the trenches, these seven women have learned a few things about what it takes to succeed. Here, they share some savvy trade secrets. Barbara Walters, ABC News and 'The View' I don't believe that there is a gene for ambition. In...
Name That Economy!
The new system might best be called regulatory capitalism. Or life-jacket capitalism. Or Rube Goldberg capitalism. At the beginning of the century, when the United States briefly contemplated the prospect of paying off its national debt, Alan Greenspan...
Obama's 'Good Will' Hunting
Byline: Michael Isikoff The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less. Aides say that's an illustration of a truly democratic campaign....
Obama's Other Pastor
Byline: Lisa Miller Conservative, outspoken, and Houston born, this preacher and Bush friend is backing Barack. In the early summer of 2000, the Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell got a phone call that would change his life. The George...
'Our Activities Are Legal'
Iran's foreign minister praises Washington for sending an envoy to talks, but remains defiant. In New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Iran's tough-talking Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki sat down with NEWSWEEK's Lally Weymouth...
Palin, McCain and the Weeks Ahead
Byline: Karl Rove; Rove, the former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President Bush, is a NEWSWEEK Contributor. Palin's ties to 'everyday Americans' aren't an argument for her candidacy. But let's treat her ability to inspire the public...
Perspectives
"Dad, keep it short. We're in formation." Beau Biden, son of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, offering advice before the Democratic vice-presidential nominee's send-off speech to his son and other members of the National Guard as they prepared for deployment...
The Age of Bloomberg
Byline: Fareed Zakaria It's a time to figure out what works, not what ideological mantras to keep repeating. America's financial crisis has allowed all sorts of people--from British trade unionists to Asian central bankers to France's mercurial...
The Editor's Desk
Byline: Jon Meacham Let us stipulate this right off: Sarah Palin won her debate with Joe Biden. She won, it is true, by not imploding, but a win is a win. Though the polls have given the evening to Biden on substance, Palin, after her unimpressive...
The Fall of America, Inc
Along with some of Wall Street's most storied firms, a certain vision of capitalism has collapsed. How we restore faith in our brand. The implosion of America's most storied investment banks. The vanishing of more than a trillion dollars in stock-market...
The Leadership Lid
Byline: Anna Quindlen One of the greatest natural resources in America is going underused. And she may be sitting right at the next desk. Years ago someone referred to me as a show pony, trotted out to prove a point. It was at some conference,...
The Legacy of a Family of Strong Women
Byline: Cynthia Nixon, Actor and Activist I come from a long line of strong women, starting with my great-grandmother in the Missouri Ozarks. My great-grandmother's family were Northerners and my great-grandfather's family were Southerners, so her...
The Mystery Spy Master
Byline: Mark Hosenball As Pakistan copes with a spate of terrorist violence and political unrest, Bush administration officials worry that they know too little about the man who was just appointed to lead the Muslim nation's sprawling spy agency,...
The New Fixers
Byline: Daniel Gross In 1907, one man saved us from financial collapse. Today it takes a troika. "This is the place to stop this trouble!" J. P. Morgan said on the afternoon of Oct. 23, 1907. After the failure of several trust companies (unregulated...
The Palin Problem
Byline: Jon Meacham; With Holly Bailey, Karen Breslau, Suzanne Smalley, Michael Isikoff and Sarah Kliff Yes, she won the debate by not imploding. But governing requires knowledge, and mindless populism is just that--mindless. The question, the...
The Science of Climbing the Academic Ladder
Byline: Nancy Andrews, Dean, Duke Medical School I got interested in science in high school and went to Yale thinking that I was going to become a scientist and probably a professor. But in my senior year, some friends from Yale Medical School persuaded...
The Sweet Smell of Success, Thanks to Mom
Byline: Lisa Price, Founder, Carol's Daughter Bath and Body Works My ideas about how I want to run my business grew out of the way I was raised. None of my successes would have been possible without my family. I may feel frightened or scared or...
The World According to Oz
By Donald E. Graham In 1961, Ben Bradlee talked Philip Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, into buying NEWSWEEK. Before Phil was willing to bid $15 million--a huge sum for our company--he wanted Bradlee to tell him if there were an editor...
This (Illegal) American Life
Byline: Maria E. Andreu; Andreu lives in Leonia, N.J. I may not look like an undocumented alien, but until the age of 18 that's just what I was. When the pundits began to tear into undocumented immigrants last summer, using terms like "parasites"...
To Make It Big in Hollywood, You Start with a Good Story
Byline: Kimberly Peirce, Director From early on, I wrote stories and put them into booklets for my friends. I started animating as a little kid, always trying to make a character. A very prescient professor said to me, "You know, you really want...
Using Fame and Fortune to Help Others
Byline: Rosario Dawson, Actor and Political Activist I grew up in a squat on the Lower East Side. My mom was 17 when she had me, 18 when she got married and 21 when she broke into the abandoned building. She was a courageous person, always saying...
Vetting McCain's Health Plan
Byline: Jane Bryant Quinn; With Reporter Associate: Temma Ehrenfeld Tax credits would move people out of group plans and into individual policies where the benefits aren't as good. If you think that "The Market"--whatever market--always works...
Wanted: A Bundle of Joy
Byline: Pat Wingert If Brangelina is any indication, American interest in adopting foreign children is stronger than ever. So why is the United States adopting fewer of them? According to early projections by the State Department, foreign adoptions...
What Matters Most in My Work and My Life
Byline: Tyra Banks, Talk-Show Host and Producer ***** Correction: In "What Matters Most In My Work and My Life" (Women & Leadership, Oct. 13) we misidentified the name of the beauty-products company founded by Lisa Price. Her company is Carol's...