The word: Newsweek's first guest editor is Stephen Colbert

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Newsweek magazine relaunched a few weeks ago as "a new magazine for a changing world," including a significant redesign, and for the first time in its 76-year history the news weekly will feature a guest editor. Next week's issue will be edited by none other than Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert.

060309colbert.jpgAccording to the New York Observer: "Mr. Colbert will help design the cover of the magazine, he'll write an editor's note and he'll be adding annotations to Mr. Meacham's weekly editor's note. Mr. Colbert said that he helped hand out assignments, and will play around with columnist's biographies and help pick out pull quotes for stories. There will be a section dedicated to all the unpublished letters to the editor Mr. Colbert has written to Newsweek since he was a kid."

Newsweek's editor Jon Meacham was "just very impressed with the range of his knowledge" and "almost encyclopedic feel for anything that came up" during a lunch they had.

EW: "Colbert promises to pepper the 'conventional wisdom' of his ultra-conservative Comedy Central character throughout the June 8 issue, but insists much of the content will be treated with the utmost seriousness."

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