Mark Whitaker, Editor of Newsweek I saw Mark Whitaker this past weekend on Broadway, between West 72nd and 71st Streets. Who is Mark Whitaker? He's the editor of Newsweek magazine. I used to think that Newsweek was a better read after Time, even though Newsweek is the also-ran in terms of circulation. Nowadays, Time and Newsweek are both pretty boring. Anyway, back to Mark Whitaker. He's one of the highest, if not the highest, ranking African American in magazines today. I am pretty sure it was him, because after reading his Diary on Slate, I realized he must live on the Upper West Side and he has a pretty distinctive hairline.