George Walker, ATC anchor for West Virginia network, dies at 60

By Andrew Lapin

George Walker, the host of local broadcasts of All Things Considered on West Virginia Public Radio for nearly 12 years, was found dead in his Charleston home over the weekend, local authorities announced May 6.

Details of his death are awaiting an autopsy. He was 60.

Walker joined WVPR in 2002 as a part-time announcer. In addition to  hosting ATC, he produced the station’s weekly program Music from the Mountains until host Joe Dobbs retired in 2008. Prior to joining public radio, he worked for the privately held Bristol Broadcasting Corporation and Charleston’s V100 commercial station. He also did narrative and voiceover work through his own Walker Productions.

“George was the consummate professional,” Scott Finn, executive director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, said in a statement. “His work was always top-notch and we relied on him for his expertise. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this time.”

Walker had been on sick leave at the time of his death.

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