Newsweek magazines, Osborn Elliott, dies at 83

September 29th, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by David M N James  

Osborn Elliott, the man who spanned Newsweek, the reputed news magazine has passed away.

Osborn led the Newsweek magazine for 16 years. He is credited for his exemplary leadership which helped him transform the international magazine into a potent rival of Time with enterprising journalism that captured the turmoil of the 1960s. Osborn sadly died today in New York at the old age of 83. He died at home, surrounded by family, of complications from cancer of the larynx.

Newsweek still remains a very reputed name in the political arena and the global politics.

Elliott left prime competitor and rival to Newsweek, Time, to become Newsweek’s business editor in 1955. He is quoted saying in his memoir that he found a magazine that offered “a bland and unexciting rehash of the week’s events” and presented little threat to Time’s preeminence. “Time’s legion of correspondents roamed the world making small talk and large stories with the high and mighty everywhere, while Newsweek made do with a scatteration of full-time staffers here and there and a band of part-time `stringers’ everywhere else,” Elliott, known as Oz, was editor of the weekly news magazine from 1961 to 1976. In 1955, he began his career at Newsweek as senior editor in charge of the business section. In 1959, he was appointed managing editor, and two years later he became editor. He spent 21 years at Newsweek.

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