Walter Isaacson Biography
Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After
graduating from New Orleans' Isidore Newman School he spent a brief time at Deep
Springs College before attending Harvard, graduating with a BA in history and
literature. From there he went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, gaining an
MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He began his journalism career at The Sunday Times (UK) and then at the New
Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined TIME Magazine in 1978 and served as a
political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before
becoming the magazine's fourteenth managing editor in 1996.
He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and in 2003 became president and CEO
of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950
dedicated to "fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless
ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues."
He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of
Kissinger: A Biography, the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the
World They Made and author of Einstein, and the editor of Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness (2010).
He lives in Washington, D.C.
with his wife and daughter.
This biography was last updated on 07/12/2011.
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