Facts about Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson Biography
Walter Isaacson is a journalist and historian who spent much of his career at TIME magazine, and was briefly the chairman and CEO of CNN.
A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, Isaacson started his career as a newspaper reporter, first in London and then in New Orleans.
Recruited by TIME magazine in 1978, he began a long career there, becoming managing editor in 1996.
In 2001, Isaacson was named chairman and chief executive of CNN News, a post he held for just under two years. He resigned in 2003 to become president and chief executive if the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization.
After 14 years at Aspen, Isaacson left and became a professor of History at Tulane University in Louisiana.
His books include Kissinger: A Biography (1992); Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003); Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007); American Sketches (2009); Steve Jobs (2011); Leonardo Da Vinci (2017); and The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race (2020).
In 1994 Walter Isaacson was in charge of Time’s New Media division, which included Pathfinder, their attempt at a portal for Time Warner content. Pathfinder struggled and never caught fire, and Isaacson moved to become TIME magazine’s managing editor after two years.