From The Managing Editor: Oct. 21, 1991

Walter Isaacson is what some people like to call a "hard-news" person. In his 13-year career at TIME, he has worked as a writer in Nation, a correspondent in the Washington bureau, and later editor of Nation. Named assistant managing editor in July, Walter presides over what we call the back of the book, the various departments that cover news in the sciences, society and culture. But that does not mean he now considers himself a "soft news" person. "The distinction between hard news and soft news has become irrelevant, even meaningless," he says. "News is whatever is current that affects...

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