The New York Times may be considered the “paper of record,” but throughout the last 75 years Consumer Reports has become the magazine that the buying public has relied upon.
To mark the diamond anniversary, Consumer Reports’ year-long celebration ramps up at the historic Grand Central Terminal today and tomorrow. The two-day, public event will include interactive, hands-on, testing exhibits, an expert panel discussion on food safety and demonstrations.
While Consumer Reports is celebrating its glorious past, the magazine, based in Yonkers, is always looking toward the future for its readers.
The organization yesterday released a new poll that shows that 87 percent of Americans are highly concerned about distracted driving and patient safety, especially hospital infections (69 percent).
“As we look forward to the next 75 years, our mission remains the same and as relevant as ever: to be a catalyst for marketplace change and to empower consumers to make smarter purchasing decisions so their hard earned dollars can stretch even farther,” said Jim Guest, president and CEO of Consumer Reports. “We’ll reach consumers wherever and whenever they need us by leveraging new technologies such as shopping apps, social media, and by being in the marketplace where they need us.”
During the first 75 years on newsstands, Consumer Reports, most notably, documented the dangers of cigarettes in the 1950s and 1960s, leading to the Surgeon General’s landmark study. It ultimately led to the ban of cigarettes in television and radio commercials. The organization has also been at the forefront of toy safety and seat belt measures.
For more information about Consumer Reports and its history, including a full schedule of events, log on to www.ConsumerReports.org/75.