Obama to Write Cover Story on Haiti for Newsweek

President agrees to play essayist

By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User

Posted Jan 15, 2010 8:35 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama will write a cover story about Haiti for the next edition of Newsweek, which will hit the newsstands Monday. How did the newsweekly snag him? Editor Jon Meacham simply called up David Axelrod, who put the question to his boss, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The presidential essay is part of the magazine's move toward commentary over straight news reporting. In fact, the magazine's website had scant coverage of the Haiti earthquake in the immediate aftermath. The shift in strategy comes as Newsweek lost $25 million in the first half of 2009.



This week, Obama will write the story.   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)
Obama's essay for Newsweek will focus on recent events in Haiti.   (PRNewsFoto/NEWSWEEK)
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to the House Democratic Caucus retreat at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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