Walter Isaacson (born May 20, 1952) is a writer and biographer. He is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of TIME.
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, and the other international broadcasts of the U.S. government.
Originally of New Orleans, Isaacson was educated at Harvard and studied as a Rhodes scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford. His first journalistic role was with Britain's Sunday Times.
Isaacson joined Time magazine in 1978, where he would remain for twenty-three years as political correspondent, national editor, and new media editor, being appointed editor of Time in 1996. In 2001 he was appointed CEO and chairman of CNN, also part of the Time Warner group.