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February 24, 2014

Walker retiring from newspaper industry

TARBORO — The Daily Southerner Publisher, John H. Walker, 63, is retiring from the newspaper industry after working at 14 newspapers in six states over a 48-year career. His final day at The Daily Southerner will be Friday.

Walker began his career as a high school sophomore, reporting football scores to regional newspapers and then as a spring sports and obituary clerk at his hometown paper, Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Miss.

“I started as the true Jimmy Olsen cub reporter and have been blessed to have the opportunity to do something I’ve enjoyed for many years,” Walker said. “Our industry has certainly changed over the years and not always for the better. Too many times, rather than respond with a well thought plan, it has been more of a knee jerk reaction driven by the bean counters and report gatherers.”

Walker, who suffered a stroke last April, said that while there were no visible signs from the event, the daily rigors of the job began taking its toll last fall to the point where retirement became an easier decision to make.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.

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