Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the author of several books, most recently Steve Jobs (2011). Isaacson began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. 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. He is also the chairman of the board of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. In addition, Isaacson is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Isaacson is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
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