1980. U.S. News opens a bureau in Denver, expanding its network of domestic news bureaus to eight. (The others are New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta.)
1981. James H. McIlhenny becomes company president. John Sweet serves as chairman of the board until his retirement the following year.
June 1, 1982. Ground is broken for a new headquarters building at 2400 N St., NW, in the West End. In a ceremony the following spring, the building’s cornerstone is laid by then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.
May 1983. U.S. News holds its 50th anniversary celebration at the Sheraton Washington.Summer 1983. A weekend fire strikes the U.S. News library.
Nov. 28, 1983. U.S. News & World Report begins its rankings of American colleges and universities.
December 1983. U.S. News moves into its new building.
Oct. 12, 1984. Publisher and real estate developer Mortimer B. Zuckerman buys U.S. News & World Report.
October 1984. Zuckerman makes several key appointments: Harold Evans as editorial director, Fred Drasner as vice chairman (later president and CEO) and James Glassman as executive vice president for business operations.
March 1985. Shelby Coffey III is named editor.
April 1985. Richard C. Thompson becomes publisher.
March 1986. David Gergen is named editor.
Aug. 30, 1986. U.S. News correspondent Nicholas Daniloff is detained by Soviet authorities under suspicion of espionage. He was imprisoned for 13 days and held as a parolee for 17 more until high level negotiations, including a letter from Ronald Reagan to Mikhail Gorbachev, were successful in bringing him home.
Fall 1987. “America’s Best Colleges” becomes a newsstand guidebook.
Nov. 2, 1987. The graduate school rankings debut in the magazine.
September 1988. Roger Rosenblatt becomes editor.
June 12, 1989. The Supreme Court declines to hear Foltz v. U.S. News & World Report, a case stemming from a dispute over the value of employee-owned shares in the years prior to the company’s 1984 sale.
October 1989. Husband-and-wife team Michael Ruby and Merrill McLoughlin are named co-editors.
April 30, 1990. Hospital rankings appear in the magazine for the first time.
June 4, 1990. Saddam Hussein is on the cover as “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” two months before the invasion of Kuwait. The cover story is later honored by the Overseas Press Club of America.
1990. This is the last known year that employees could choose a ham, a turkey or a grocery gift certificate for their holiday bonus.
1991. Joseph Galloway’s “Vietnam Story” wins the National Magazine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Writing. The article would later be expanded into the bestselling book “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young.”
1991. U.S. News surpasses Newsweek in total ad pages.
January 1992. Thomas R. Evans is named senior vice president and publisher.