The Art of the Bio: Jobs is there, but another job isn’t

We all forget to put things on our resume.  Before, and indeed after, Walter Isaacson published his bestselling book Steve Jobs, Walter had worked another gig.  He was Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. Government agency that runs America’s non-military broadcasting, at least until he suddenly resigned before the end of his term, to the surprise of many, write another book.
But interestingly, an email from Walter’s prep school fails to mention his time at the BBG.  Walter’s time at Time and CNN and his books are of course there, but no BBG.

Save the Date
Spring Capstone Speaker, Walter Isaacson ’70
March 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Henson Auditorium

We are delighted to welcome Walter Isaacson ’70 back to Newman to speak to members of the senior class and the Newman community as part of the Capstone Speaker Series. Isaacson is the author of the biography Steve Jobs, which has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 14 weeks (currently #3) and has been named an Amazon Book of the Year. There will be a book signing prior to his lecture beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Krohn Foyer.

We anticipate a lot of interest for this particular event, so please register online by clicking here.

Isaacson is a graduate of Isidore Newman School, Harvard College, and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at the Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined Time Magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor-in-chief in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the author of American Sketches (November 2009), Einstein: His Life and Universe (April 2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He is the Chairman of the Board of Teach for America and also Chairman of the Board for the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, which was set up by the U.S. State Department to promote economic and educational opportunities for the Palestinian people. He is on the Board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He was appointed after Hurricane Katrina to be the Vice-Chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

The goal of the Capstone Speaker series is to expose Newman students to issues of national importance and to create a dialogue between parents, faculty, and students.

Surely the BBG was in the bio Walter’s office sent to the school…