Marlon A. Walker Named Top Editor at Clarion Ledger

From a story by Justin Vicory on headlined “Marlon A. Walker named top editor at the Clarion Ledger”:

Marlon A. Walker has been named executive editor of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson and the Mississippi state editor for the USA TODAY Network, which includes the Hattiesburg American.

Walker, a Detroit native and award-winning journalist, has spent the last decade advocating for improved diversity and equal pay in newsrooms. He will begin his new role immediately, Michael Anastasi, the USA TODAY Network’s regional editor for the South, announced Monday….

Walker, 39, replaces Mary Irby-Jones, who in March became executive editor of the Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky….”

Walker arrived at the Clarion Ledger in August as a senior editor.

As a reporter, he previously covered education at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Walker has also covered city and county government, as well as transportation and public safety, working at publications including The Tampa Bay Times, The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Associated Press, The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Detroit Free Press.

“Today’s announcement is particularly special for me,” said Amalie Nash, senior vice president of local news and audience development for the USA TODAY Network. “I’ve known Marlon for years, dating back to our time working together at the Detroit Free Press when he was a reporter and I was an editor there….

Walker began his journalism career in the fifth grade as a newspaper staffer at Alonzo W. Bates Academy, a pre-K-8 magnet school in Detroit. He later became editor-in-chief at papers at Renaissance High School in Detroit and Florida A&M University.

Walker was elected vice president of print for the National Association of Black Journalists in 2015.

Walker plays tennis and enjoyed traveling before the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Brandon with his dog, Charlie.

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