NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fareed Zakaria, the managing editor of
Foreign Affairs and a Newsweek contributing editor, was named editor of
Newsweek International, it was announced today by Chairman and Editor-In-Chief
Richard M. Smith and Editor Mark Whitaker.
Based in New York, Zakaria will report to Whitaker. He will join the
magazine in January following the completion of a book project. As editor of
Newsweek International, Zakaria will be responsible for the content and
direction of Newsweek's overseas editions. In addition to guiding Newsweek
International, Zakaria will write a regular column for Newsweek and will
appear on an occasional basis in The Washington Post.
In making the announcement, Smith said: "Fareed is a brilliant young
writer and editor. Working with our new international editing team and our
world-class foreign correspondents, he will bring an inspiring vision and
heightened impact to Newsweek International and our global coverage."
Whitaker said: "I couldn't be more thrilled that Fareed is joining the
'Flying Wallendas,' as we like to call our top-editing team. He's not only an
exceptional writer and thinker, but a dynamic editor who will make Newsweek
International stand out in the increasingly competitive international
marketplace and help bring an even sharper edge to the domestic magazine's
coverage of foreign affairs."
"In a world of 24-hour news, as daily newspapers have become magazines,
the weekly magazine must go further, providing richer reporting and deeper
analysis," Zakaria said. "Newsweek and Newsweek International are already far
along the path. I hope to push the magazine in new directions while
maintaining the high standards for which it is known around the world.
Newsweek International is already a great magazine. I intend that it will get
Named "one of the 21 most important people of the 21st Century" by Esquire
magazine in 1999, Zakaria has been the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, the
most widely circulated journal on international politics and economics in the
world, since 1993.
He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek since 1996, where he has
written columns addressing a wide range of world affairs. His first column,
"Thank Goodness for a Villain" (Sept. 16, 1996), was a provocative piece
discussing why America needed Saddam Hussein in order to sustain American
policy in the Middle East.
Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, Zakaria ran the "Project on the Changing
Security Environment and American National Interests" at Harvard University,
where he also taught international relations and political philosophy. A
frequent lecturer and author, he has written regularly for the op-ed page of
The New York Times, and frequently for such publications as The Wall Street
Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, where he also worked for a time,
International Security and the Webzines Slate and Intellectual Security. He
is the author of "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World
Role" (Princeton University Press) and coeditor of "The American Encounter:
The United States and the Making of the Modern World" (Basic Books).
He shared an Overseas Press Club Award with a Newsweek reporting team and
was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Zakaria, 36, received a B.A.
from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He lives in New York
City with his wife and son.
Newsweek International has a global audience of approximately 3.5 million.
Newsweek International's three English-language editions include: Atlantic
(distributed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia and Latin
America. Newsweek is also the only American news magazine with a number of
foreign-language editions. Under the direction of Assistant Managing Editor
Ron Javers, Newsweek is published in Japanese (Newsweek Nihon Ban) and Korean
(Newsweek Hankuk Pan) and also has a copublishing venture in Australia with
The Bulletin With Newsweek, a weekly magazine, as well as other ventures
including Itogi, a Russian-language magazine, Newsweek En Espanol and Newsweek
In Arabic (Newsweek Bil Logha Al-Arabia).
Strasser and Hirsh Named to Editor Posts
In other announcements made by Smith and Whitaker, National Affairs Editor
Steve Strasser was named Managing Editor of Newsweek International and Senior
Editor/Diplomatic Correspondent Michael Hirsh was named Foreign Editor of the
A 23-year veteran of Newsweek, Strasser has held the post of National
Affairs Editor since May 1999. He had been Asia editor since January 1996,
based in Hong Kong, where he coordinated coverage of the region and edited the
Asia section of Newsweek International. Prior to that position, he served as
Hong Kong bureau chief and Asia regional editor between August 1992 and
December 1996. Previously, he held various writing and editing positions in
New York and served as Moscow correspondent from May 1985 to August 1988.
Strasser shared the 1982 Overseas Press Club Award for Mideast stories,
the 1989 Overseas Press Club Award for Moscow summit coverage and the 1997
Overseas Press Club Award for coverage of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.
Strasser reported and co-wrote "The Chernobyl Syndrome" cover story (May 12,
1986), which won the National Headliner Award for outstanding coverage of a
major news event.
Strasser received a bachelor's degree in political science from the
University of Nebraska and a master's degree from Columbia University's
Graduate School of Journalism. Strasser and his wife, Joyce Barnathan,
assisting managing editor at BusinessWeek, have two sons and a daughter.
In December 1999, Michael Hirsh was named Senior Editor/Diplomatic
Correspondent based in Washington D.C. He returns to New York in January to
assume his new role as Foreign Editor. As diplomatic correspondent, a post he
held since September 1998, Hirsh covered foreign policy, the State Department
and the Treasury. He moved to the D.C. bureau in May 1997, previously serving
as a senior editor of Newsweek International, covering the same beat. In
December 1999, Hirsh was managing editor for the Newsweek International
special edition "ISSUES 2000," which examined the global economy in the new
century. Hirsh joined Newsweek in October 1994 as a New York-based senior
In 1997, Hirsh received the Deadline Club Award for investigative
reporting on his expose of abusive practices by the Internal Revenue Service.
He was also one of five finalists for a 1994 Gerald Loeb Award for
Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for his article, "China's
Financial Revolutionaries," a profile of the new generation of mainland
Chinese businessmen who are striving to build a capitalist financial system
Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1979 with a B.A.
in philosophy. He also holds a graduate degree from Columbia University in
international and public affairs.