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. 45, December 13

'A Graveyard for Homosexuals'
Byline: Katie J. M. Baker In a bleak little apartment on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, nearly a dozen men in their 20s take turns trying on a pair of black skinny jeans and watching Project Runway episodes downloaded off YouTube. There's no plumbing,...
A Hard Day-Glo's Night
Byline: Gogo Lidz Snip. Snip. Ben Browning, the bassist of Cut Copy, is perched atop a well-worn couch in a dressing room at Boston's House of Blues. He's cutting his toenails. Snip. Snip. This is how the wildly popular Australian electro-pop...
Camera Shy
Byline: Kyle Chayka This is what we know about Vivian Maier: She was born in New York City, of French descent, in 1926, and died in 2009. She lived mostly in Chicago but traveled the world alone for eight months in 1959. She was tall - around five-foot...
Diversity U. Makes a U-Turn
Byline: Katie J.M. Baker "Why is there a boy in here?" That's one of the nicer comments Bryce, a senior at Wesleyan University who identifies as "gender nonconforming," hears in the women's bathrooms on campus. In the men's room, she's heard...
Franco's Forgotten Victims
Byline: Mike Elkin Earlier this month, in the town of Aranda de Duero, 100 miles north of Madrid, mourners reinterred the bone remains of 129 family members found in four mass graves. The victims, all men except one, were executed between July and...
Gadget Lust: Pressed into Service
Byline: Marissa Rothkopf Bates This may have been the best week in my kids' lives. I made waffles every single day, sometimes twice. They got waffles for breakfast and waffles for dinner. My children like waffles so much they will eat frozen waffles...
Here Come the Bots
Byline: Kevin Maney Snow White was prescient. In a scene from the 1937 Disney movie, she gets a team of birds and cute woodland animals to clean the dwarfs' house while she warbles "Whistle While You Work." A decade or two from now, that's going...
Is Pope Francis a Socialist?
Byline: Cristina Odone "It's nothing short of miraculous," Don Franco Ottonelli says as he admires his brainchild, a modern, new apartment complex for immigrants and the homeless near the center of Acqui Terme, a town in northwest Italy. Its 26...
Joint Maneuvers
Byline: Karla Zabludovsky Think of it as part Brave New World, with state-controlled instant gratification, and part 1984, with an omnipresent and vigilant authority. Feel free to take your happiness-inducing soma. But know that the government will...
Mexico's New Oil Rush
Byline: Benny Avni It's crunch time for the Mexican government's heroic struggle to end one of the world's most enduring monopolies and shake up its economy in the process. President Enrique Pena Nieto wants to end his first year in office by...
Send in the Browns
Byline: John Walters "I can't stand losing," Cleveland Brown cornerback Joe Haden said recently, tears welling in his eyes, after being beaten on the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute. "It hurts. I go out there and put my heart out...
Stuck in the Middle
Byline: Janine di Giovanni Last week, the United Nations Security Council put the tiny kingdom of Jordan center stage in its efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. It elected Jordan as one of its nonpermanent members, granting the small nation...
Texas Tea
Byline: Pema Levy For months, Tea Party conservatives in Texas have been praying for a challenge to incumbent Senator John Cornyn, whom they think of as a moderate. As the filing deadline of 6 p.m. Central Time on Monday approached, no credible...
The Cheeseburger That Ate the Earth
Byline: Lecia Bushak Can eating a cheeseburger be considered an act of war? Yes, but only if you understand the delicate and intricate relationship of the many living creatures on Earth. Consider first the place humans occupy in the food chain...
The New Spy Catchers
Byline: Jeff Stein Not that long ago, top FBI counterterrorism officials didn't know the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. And, judging from their public statements, didn't really care. "You don't need subject-matter expertise," the FBI's...
The Sum of All Fears
Byline: Peter Sergo Fear can make you cry, make you shake, make you run. It can make you do craven, cowardly things or stupidly brave things. It can shake you to your core and even alter your biology. Something really terrifying might scare you...
This Lack of Psychiatric Care Is Madness
Byline: Victoria Bekiempis If you are mentally troubled, don't count on professional medical help to nurse you back to health. It is getting increasingly hard to get treated, even if you have insurance. Almost a year after the Newtown Massacre,...
Two Numbers: The Rich Are Getting Richer Faster
Byline: Anna Bernasek Speaking at a nonprofit community center in one of Washington's poorest neighborhoods, President Obama recently promised to devote the rest of his presidency to addressing income inequality. His comments, however, pointed to...
Your Tax Dollars at Work -- Expensively
Byline: David Cay Johnston The budget debate now consuming Washington often seems to come down to guns versus butter, or at least its contemporary manifestation, Reaper Drones versus food stamps. What gets lost in the increasingly caustic rhetoric...