Scott Walker is news director for emerging markets for Alabama Media Group, a digitally-focused company that includes the state’s leading website, AL.com, and largest newspapers – The Birmingham News, Mobile’s Press-Register and The Huntsville Times. His responsibilities include organizing coverage and developing audience beyond print circulation areas, from Tuscaloosa to the Gulf Coast and across the state.
Attracting more than 4.2 million unique monthly visitors, AL.com is ranked in the top 10 nationwide out of more than 200 newspaper websites across 99 markets.
In leadership positions and in hands-on journalism roles, Walker has developed major reporting projects, led breaking news coverage and grown readership in print and online. He has also guided newsrooms though large-scale redesigns and technology changes. Overseeing publications statewide, he led the launch of Advance Publications’ consolidated editorial production hub and content management system in Birmingham in 2012.
Previously, Walker was managing editor for The Birmingham News, where his responsibilities included supervising sports coverage for two of the nation’s most passionate college football fan bases during four consecutive national championship seasons.
The Birmingham News is home of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. In 2005 and 2006, Walker led The News to its first international awards for design and editing from the Society for News Design and Picture of the Year International competitions. The News has also been recognized with several Top 10 awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors as well as numerous state and regional honors.
Before joining The News in 2001, Walker worked as an editor, designer and art director at the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, The Tribune in Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors.