Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Formal First Name
5/20/1952 - present

Walter Isaacson is the Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane University, a private research university in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his journalism career at The Sunday Times, a daily national newspaper based in London. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of digital media before becoming its 14th editor in 1996. He also served as Chairman and CEO of CNN as well as President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Chair Emeritus of Teach for America
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Aspen Institute
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member of the Royal Society of the Arts
  • Member of the American Philosophical Society
  • Board Member of United Airlines
  • Board Member of the New Orleans City Planning Commission
  • Board Member of the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission
  • Board Member of Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Board Member of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Board Member of the Society of American Historians
  • Board Member of the U.S. Defense Department Innovation Board
  • Board Member of the Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Board Member of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
  • Advisory Partner at Perella Weinberg
  • Contributor to CNBC
  • Co-Host of Amanpour and Company
  • Host of Trailblazers



  • From 2005 to 2007, Isaacson was the Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, which oversaw the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. 
  • From 2009 to 2012, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States.