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. 161, No. 13, March 29

125 Women of Impact
Our women of impact hail from all over the globe: from Malawi to Egypt, Burma to Afghanistan, India to the United States. Some of their names have been splashed across headlines; others have toiled unheralded. They've balanced remarkable careers with...
Eva Longoria
Byline: Andrew Romano In Dialogue With the President. In Washington, D.C., there are many ways to figure out if you are important. Being serenaded by the leader of the free world on your birthday is a good one. It was March 19, 2012, four...
I Think I'll Just Finish My Chips
Byline: William Dalrymple As bullets fly, men duck, and America flees, Nancy Hatch Dupree is quietly saving Afghanistan's history. Nancy Hatch Dupree is sitting in the Gandamak Lodge, the foreign correspondents' hangout in Kabul. Most of the...
Joy Ngozi
WHEN SHE was young, just 2 years old and barely able to walk, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo was on the run. In 1968 a civil war had plunged Nigeria into chaos. She has no memory now of those days, but her parents told her that she knew the sounds of incoming shells...
Marcela Martinez Sempertegui
Byline: Mac Margolis Mahavir Enclave is a bustling working-class colony at the hard extremities of New Delhi. Houses snake up here in haphazard bursts whenever their inhabitants can afford to elbow a little more space for themselves in the world....
Taking on the Ancestors
Byline: Aimee Molloy Molly Melching's quest to end female genital cutting, one village at a time. Malicounda Bambara, August 1996. Kerthio Diawara sat on a stiff plastic chair, flipping through the notebook on her lap and trying her best to avoid...
The Girl Who Fired an Outcry in India
Byline: Shoma Chaudhury One horrible night, innocent victims, devastated families--and a country seething with rage and violence, stuck between feudal hierarchies and the modern economy. Mahavir Enclave is a bustling working-class colony at the...
The Unstoppable Ballerina
Byline: Malcolm Jones A young dancer's journey from Sierra Leone to the heights of American ballet. In the middle of a conversation in the New York City apartment she shares with her parents and four sisters, ballet dancer Michaela DePrince suddenly...
Throw out That List!
Byline: Debora Spar Why being a woman of impact does not mean being a woman who does it all. Think for a moment of the most successful woman you know. She might be a friend, or a colleague, or someone you've idolized from afar. Think big, of...
Will Clinton's Agenda Survive?
Byline: Kathleen Parker The Hillary Effect has spread across the globe. But how well will it last without Hillary at the helm? Let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights, once and for all." With those...
Women of Impact II
SHERYL SANDBERG FACEBOOK'S FIREBRAND BY ASKING "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is teaching a generation of women how to find success in their work and lives. Her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the...
Women of Impact VI
RACHEL STERNE DIGITAL URBAN PLANNER CAN NEW York City become a tech hub? That was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hope as he enlisted Rachel Sterne as the city's first chief digital officer. Now, the founder of the citizen-journalism site GroundReport...