Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. Walter is the author of Steve Jobs (2011); Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007); Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003); and Kissinger: A Biography (1992); and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. Walter is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.