Fellows & Editors


Vickie Walton-James

Indonesia 2011
NPR News

Vickie Walton-James is a deputy national editor for National Public Radio News. She directs coverage of the Midwest, South and Eastern regions of the country, overseeing three bureau chiefs and 10 reporters. Before joining NPR in 2008, Walton-James spent nearly 20 years with the Tribune Company, where she held a variety of editing and leadership positions. In her last position with the company, from 2005 to 2008, she served as senior Washington editor for Tribune Publishing. In that post, she coordinated operations of staff representing nine Tribune Co. newspapers. Walton-James joined the Chicago Tribune in October 1989 as a copy editor for the national and foreign desks. While in Chicago, she also served as an assistant foreign editor and Sunday editor for the national/foreign operation. In 1995, Walton-James moved to the Tribune's Washington bureau in the position of deputy bureau chief. In September 2001, she was promoted to bureau chief a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She spent nearly four years in that job, shaping the paper’s Washington report. The bureau’s coverage of Congress, civil liberties, the Bush administration and its response to the 9/11 attacks were key. Before joining the Tribune, Walton-James spent several years as a reporter and editor for the Kansas City Star. Her beats included Kansas courts, police, prisons and social services. In 1988, she became the paper's residential real estate editor and columnist. Walton-James is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Journalism in 1981. She is a member of the KU Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the National Association of Black Journalists.


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