Journalist and Author
Leslie Walker is a journalist, author and college professor specializing in multimedia news and Internet business trends.
Walker also is the author of "Sudden Fury," a nonfiction book about a youth emotionally damaged in foster care who murdered his adoptive parents. The book made the New York Times best-seller list, was made into a TV movie in 1993 and was released on DVD in 2006.
Walker teaches most days in College Park, Maryland, and lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
At the Univ. of Md: Faculty page
Leslie Walker currently is the Knight Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She teaches courses in multimedia news and digital media trends.
A journalist for three decades, Walker worked at The Washington Post for 16 years, leaving in January 2007. In the formative era of Web news, Walker served as Editor of washingtonpost.com and Vice President for news of The Post's new media division.
Her weekly ".com" column appeared in the Post business section for nearly a decade, chronicling how the Internet turned businesses upside down while putting new power in the hands of ordinary people. Her "Web Watch" column also ran weekly, exploring the consumer side of the Web. You can read some of her writings from the "work sample" page of this site.
Teaching at UMD
Walker started teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007.
In addition to teaching, she manages the university's News21 project, a multimedia summer reporting program sponsored by the Knight Foundation and Carnegie Corporation.
In the summer of 2009, the Maryland journalists explored how demographics are influencing American politics and producted this Web site, The New Voters.