The Info List - Walter Isaacson

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WALTER ISAACSON (born May 20, 1952) is an American writer and journalist. He is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
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
Steve Jobs
, Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
, Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
, and Henry Kissinger
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


Isaacson was born in New Orleans
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 attended Deep Springs College for the Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) before graduating from Harvard University
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
Rhodes scholar
at Pembroke College , where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and graduated with first-class honours.



Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London, followed by a position with the New Orleans
New Orleans
Times-Picayune . He joined Time magazine
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
Roll Call
magazine as saying: "I was trying to reach out to a lot of Republicans who feel that CNN
has not been as open to covering Republicans, and I wanted to hear their concerns." The CEO's conduct was criticized by the left-leaning 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
Aspen Institute
. Jim Walton replaced Isaacson as president of CNN.

Isaacson served as the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute
Aspen Institute
from 2003 until 2017, when he announced that he would step down to become a professor of history at Tulane University
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 business.


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
Steve Jobs
, Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple Computer
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
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
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
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
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 America , 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 appointed by New Orleans
New Orleans
Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Mitch Landrieu
to be the co-chair of the New Orleans
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
Mitch Landrieu
and confirmed by the City Council to be a member of the New Orleans
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
United Airlines
, Tulane University
Tulane University
, Overseers of Harvard University
Harvard University
, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies
, the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Society of American Historians , of which he served as president in 2012.


Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson
at TechCrunch Disrupt 2014

In 2012, he was selected as one of the Time 100
Time 100
, the magazine's list of the most influential people in the world. Isaacson is a fellow of the 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 of Pembroke College, Oxford
Pembroke College, Oxford

In 2014, the National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities
selected Isaacson for the 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
Tufts University
, Cooper Union
Cooper Union
, William & Mary , Franklin University Switzerland , University of New Orleans , University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina
, City University of New York (Hunter College), Pomona College
Pomona College
, Lehigh University
Lehigh University
, Duke University , and 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
Vanderbilt University


* The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986, Simon & Schuster , ISBN 978-1451683226 ) – co-authored with Evan Thomas * Kissinger: A Biography (1992, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671663230 ) * Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0684807614 ) * Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0743264747 ) * American Sketches (2009, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1439183441 ) * Steve Jobs
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 -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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New York Times
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The Times-Picayune
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The Harvard Crimson
. Retrieved 5 July 2016. * ^ Paul D. Colford (15 November 2000). "Moving up the Ladder Big Time". New York Daily News
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. Retrieved 5 July 2016. * ^ A B Cook, John (January 21, 2003). "CNN\'s turmoil continues over identity, ratings". The Chicago Tribune . Retrieved March 17, 2016. * ^ A B "CNN: Head of news network to step down". The Chicago 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, 2010. * ^ 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
Associated Press
(6 August 2001). "New CNN
chairman meets with GOP critics". USA Today
USA Today
. Retrieved 18 January 2015. * ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/03/15/walter-isaacson-leaving-the-aspen-institute.html. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ " Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson
Is Getting Into Podcasting With a Series About Technology". Retrieved 2017-07-01. * ^ "Walter Isaacson". Author page. Simon & Schuster . Retrieved 19 May 2017. * ^ Rene Lynch, " Steve Jobs
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
Steve Jobs
Authorizes Biography; It\'s Due Out Early 2012", NPR
, April 11, 2011. * ^ Kara Swisher, "New Jobs Bio Cover Is All Apple With Pub Date of November", 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 January 2015. * ^ 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 . * ^ http://deadline.com/2017/08/leonardo-dicaprio-to-play-leonardo-da-vinci-paramouint-walter-isaacson-appian-way-movie-deal-1202147317/ * ^ "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
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
New Orleans
Times-Picayune, " New Orleans
New Orleans
Native Walter Isaacson Appointed to CPC" * ^ SAH, Executive board * ^ Madeleine K. Albright , "The World\'s 100 Most Influential People: