Liz Walker is an award-winning television journalist, a documentary film producer, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian currently working in the war-torn country of Sudan. A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Liz has chosen to combine her communication skills with her passion for serving the world. To New Englanders she will always be known as Liz, after 32 years as a television news journalist, nearly 20 of those anchoring WBZ Television's evening newscasts in Boston. Liz has most recently hosted a special television magazine program called BETTER LIVING WITH LIZ WALKER on WCVB Television in Boston.
In the summer of 2001, Liz traveled to war-torn Sudan on a fact-finding mission on the controversial slave trade in southern Sudan. The experience changed her life. She was so outraged by the human rights atrocities in Sudan she co-founded My Sister's Keeper, a grass roots initiative that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives. Liz returns to Sudan often, including the region of Darfur, the scene of the 21st century's first genocide. My Sister's Keeper has most recently completed the construction of a Girls' School for more than 500 girls in southern Sudan.
Liz shoots her own video during her trips to Sudan and has produced several documentaries on the troubled country, including the most recent called "A Glory from the God" profiling the work of My Sister's Keeper and its visionary, Boston humanitarian Dr. Gloria White-Hammond.
Liz began her broadcast career in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. She has worked at television stations in Denver, Colorado, and San Francisco, California, before moving to Boston. In addition to her work on international education and women's issues, Liz advocates for the homeless and survivors of domestic violence. She is on the "kitchen cabinet" of One Family Incorporated, a non-profit organization to end family homelessness in Massachusetts. In 1992, Liz helped co-found the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a multi-million dollar advocacy group for survivors of domestic violence. Liz sits on numerous community boards and is a spokesperson for people living with HIV-aids, breast cancer survivors, and at-risk youth.
Liz is the recipient of two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and special recognition from the prestigious Gabriel Awards for her on-air and documentary work. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Andover Newton Theological School, the Regional Advisory Board of the United Nations International Children's Education Fund. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tufts Health Foundation and the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Liz is on the ministerial staff of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, where she works with young people. She is the founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC,Communications Specialists, focused on corporate public engagement, non-profit capacity building and video production.