Walter Isaacson (born May 20, 1952) is an American analyst, author, journalist, historian, and professor. Positions that he's held include serving as the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., as well as the chairperson and CEO of CNN and as the managing editor of ''Time''. His writings have appeared in multiple publications such as the ''New Orleans Times-Picayune'' and ''The Sunday Times''.
Isaacson has additionally served as a professor at Tulane University. He has held different corporate positions as well. In terms of public service, he was appointed vice chairperson of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, a board that oversaw spending on the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He's also worked in various positions for the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.