WALTER ISAACSON (born May 20, 1952) is an American writer and
journalist. He is the President and CEO of the
Aspen Institute , a
nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in
Washington, D.C., and the University Professor of History at Tulane
University . He has been the chairman and CEO of Cable News Network
(CNN) and the Managing Editor of Time . He has written biographies of
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci ,
Steve Jobs ,
Benjamin Franklin ,
Albert Einstein ,
Henry Kissinger .
* 1 Early life and education
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Media
* 2.2 Writing
* 2.3 Government
* 3 Positions
* 4 Honors
* 5 Bibliography
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Isaacson was born in
New Orleans , Louisiana, the son of Irwin and
Betty Lee (Seff) Isaacson. His father was a “kindly Jewish
distracted humanist engineer with a reverence for science” and his
mother was a real estate broker. Isaacson attended New Orleans'
Isidore Newman School , where he was student body president. He
Deep Springs College for the
Telluride Association Summer
Program (TASP) before graduating from
Harvard University in 1974,
where he majored in history and literature. At Harvard, Isaacson was
the president of the
Signet Society , a member of the Harvard Lampoon
, and a resident of
Lowell House . He later attended the University of
Oxford as a
Rhodes scholar at Pembroke College , where he studied
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and graduated with
Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of
London, followed by a position with the
Time magazine in 1978, serving as the magazine's political
correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before
becoming the magazine's 14th editor in 1996.
Isaacson became chairman and CEO of
CNN in July 2001, replacing Tom
Johnson , and only two months later guided
CNN through the events of
9/11 . Shortly after his appointment at CNN, Isaacson attracted
attention for seeking the views of Republican Party leaders on Capitol
Hill regarding criticisms that
CNN broadcast content that was unfair
to Republicans or conservatives. He was quoted in
Roll Call magazine
as saying: "I was trying to reach out to a lot of Republicans who feel
CNN has not been as open to covering Republicans, and I wanted to
hear their concerns." The CEO's conduct was criticized by the
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) organization,
which said that Isaacson's "pandering" behavior was endowing
conservative politicians with power over CNN.
In January 2003, he announced that he would step down as president at
CNN to become president of the
Aspen Institute . Jim Walton replaced
Isaacson as president of CNN.
Isaacson served as the president and CEO of the
Aspen Institute from
2003 until 2017, when he announced that he would step down to become a
professor of history at
Tulane University and an advisory partner at
the New York City financial services firm
Perella Weinberg Partners .
In March 2017, Isaacson launched a podcast with Dell Technologies
called Trailblazers, which focuses on technology's effects on
Isaacson is the author of American Sketches (2009), Einstein: His
Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003)
and Kissinger: A Biography (1992). He is the co-author, with Evan
Thomas , of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
On October 24, 2011,
Steve Jobs , Isaacson's authorized biography of
Apple Computer 's Jobs, was published by Simon "> Isaacson at a
State Department briefing in 2008
In October 2005, Louisiana Governor
Kathleen Blanco appointed
Isaacson vice chairman of the
Louisiana Recovery Authority , a board
that oversaw spending on the recovery from
Hurricane Katrina . In
December 2007, he was appointed by President
George W. Bush
George W. Bush to the
chairman of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, which seeks to create
economic and educational opportunities in the Palestinian territories.
Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton appointed him vice-chair of the
Partners for a New Beginning , which encourages private-sector
investments and partnerships in the Muslim world.
He also served as the co-chair of the U.S.-Vietnamese Dialogue on
Agent Orange , which in January 2008 announced completion of a project
to contain the dioxin left behind by the U.S. at the
Da Nang air base
and plans to build health centers and a dioxin laboratory in the
affected regions. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to be
Chairman of the
Broadcasting Board of Governors , which runs Voice of
Radio Free Europe
Radio Free Europe , and the other international broadcasts
of the U.S. government; he served until January 2012. In 2014, he was
New Orleans Mayor
Mitch Landrieu to be the co-chair of
New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, which is planning the city's
300th-anniversary commemoration in 2018. In 2015, he was appointed to
the board of My Brother\'s Keeper Alliance , which seeks to carry out
President Obama's anti-poverty and youth opportunity initiatives. In
2016, he was appointed by Mayor
Mitch Landrieu and confirmed by the
City Council to be a member of the
New Orleans City Planning
Commission. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense
Innovation Advisory Board .
Isaacson is the chairman emeritus of the board of
Teach for America
Teach for America .
He is on the boards of
United Airlines ,
Tulane University , Overseers
Harvard University ,
Bloomberg Philanthropies , the Carnegie
Institution for Science and the
Society of American Historians , of
which he served as president in 2012.
Walter Isaacson at
TechCrunch Disrupt 2014
In 2012, he was selected as one of the
Time 100 , the magazine's list
of the most influential people in the world. Isaacson is a fellow of
Royal Society of Arts
Royal Society of Arts and was awarded its 2013 Benjamin Franklin
Medal . He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences , the
American Philosophical Society
American Philosophical Society and an Honorary Fellow
Pembroke College, Oxford
Pembroke College, Oxford .
In 2014, the
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities selected Isaacson
Jefferson Lecture , the U.S. federal government's highest
honor for achievement in the humanities . The title of Isaacson's
lecture was "The Intersection of the
Humanities and the Sciences."
He has honorary degrees from
Tufts University ,
Cooper Union ,
William & Mary ,
Franklin University Switzerland , University of New
University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina , City University of New York
Pomona College ,
Lehigh University , Duke University
Colorado Mountain College , where the school of media and
communications is named after him. He was the 2015 recipient of The
Nichols-Chancellor\'s Medal at
Vanderbilt University .
* The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986, Simon &
Schuster , ISBN 978-1451683226 ) – co-authored with
* Kissinger: A Biography (1992, Simon & Schuster, ISBN
* Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003, Simon & Schuster, ISBN
* Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007, Simon & Schuster, ISBN
* American Sketches (2009, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1439183441 )
Steve Jobs (2011, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1451648539 )
* The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and
Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (2014, Simon
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* ^ William C. Skinner (4 May 2016). "Q&A with Walter S. Isaacson".
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Tribune. January 14, 2003. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
* ^ Goodman, Walter (June 17, 1990). "TV VIEW; Let\'s Be Frank
About Fairness And Accuracy –". New York Times. Retrieved May 2,
* ^ Eason Jordan (15 August 2001). "New
CNN Chief Trying to Please
GOP Elite". FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). Fairness &
Accuracy In Reporting. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
Associated Press (6 August 2001). "New
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* ^ "
Walter Isaacson Is Getting Into Podcasting With a Series About
Technology". Retrieved 2017-07-01.
* ^ "Walter Isaacson". Author page.
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* ^ Rene Lynch, "
Steve Jobs biography: Release date moves up,
skyrockets to No. 1",
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times , October 6, 2011.
* ^ Brad Stone, "Jobs Is Said to Assist With Book on His Life", New
York Times, February 15, 2010.
* ^ Eyder Peralta, "
Steve Jobs Authorizes Biography; It\'s Due Out
NPR , April 11, 2011.
* ^ Kara Swisher, "New Jobs Bio Cover Is All Apple With Pub Date of
All Things Digital , August 15, 2011.
* ^ Walter Isaacson, "The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs,"
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review , April 2012.
* ^ Rachel Pickering (29 October 2014). "The Innovators: How a
Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson". Maroon Weekly. Campus Press LP. Retrieved 18
Janet Maslin (8 October 2014). "Heralds of the Digital
Tomorrow". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
Janet Maslin , "The Scale of Einstein, From Faith to Formulas,"
New York Times, April 9, 2007.
* ^ "Bookmarks reviews of
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson".
LitHub. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
* ^ Isaacson, Walter (2017-10-17). Leonardo da Vinci. Simon &
Schuster. ISBN 9781501139154 .
* ^ "President Bush Meets with U.S.-Palestinian Public-Private
Partnership", White House press release, December 2007.
* ^ "Partners for a New Beginning", state.gov, April 26, 2010.
* ^ Plan addresses
Agent Orange legacy in Vietnam - World news -
World environment NBC News
* ^ "President Obama More Key Administration Posts", White House
press release, November 18, 2009.
* ^ Alex Woodward, "Mayor Landrieu unveils New Orleans\'
tricentennial group," Best of New Orleans, December 1, 2014.
* ^ My Brother\'s Keeper Fact Sheet
New Orleans Times-Picayune, "
New Orleans Native Walter Isaacson
Appointed to CPC"
* ^ SAH, Executive board
Madeleine K. Albright , "The World\'s 100 Most Influential