She attended North Walsham Girls' High School in Norfolk, attached to the all-male Paston College, attended by Admiral Horatio Nelson, Stephen Fry and Craig Murray. She subsequently studied journalism at the London College of Printing.
At the BBC, Walker often fronts major events such as British general elections.
She has worked for the BBC for 30 years. As a war correspondent she covered the fall of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the civil wars in Somalia and the Balkans. Since 1997 she has concentrated on covering UK politics and in September 2012 presented the BBC Two daily political programme Daily Politics.
Walker has two children.
In April 2011, when Walker was 50, she openly criticised the then BBC Director General Mark Thompson for failing to curb the corporation's alleged "ageist" attitude towards women. In the BBC internal house-magazine, Ariel, Walker asserted that Thompson had broken his pledge of giving her more presenting shifts.
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- "Carole Walker - Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. 13:48 GMT, Friday, 2 May 2008 14:48 UK. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- Walker, Carole (2008-05-02). "Analysis: Testing times for Brown". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- "Julia Somerville to present on BBC News channel". BBC News. 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- Garrett, Jade (Feb 2, 2001). "Women drafted to the front line for the BBC's general election". Independent, The (London). Retrieved 2008-06-24.[dead link]
- The Daily Politics as transmitted live BBC 2 28 September 2012
- Peev, Gerri (2011-04-05). "Carole Walker hits out at BBC's pledge on ageism". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
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