A native of Miami, Walker began his career at The Miami News, which folded in 1988. Walker began working as a Metro columnist in 1998. At The Boston Globe he is responsible for covering local and regional news along with society and culture. He contributed to The Boston Globe's coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, for which the Globe won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014. Prior to becoming a columnist, he covered local news as well as state and local politics. He was also the paper's deputy political editor from 1995 to 1997.
On March 2, 2008, he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. The charges were dismissed after Walker served one year of probation.
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