Martin Walker (reporter)

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Martin Walker
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Born 1947
Scotland, UK
Occupation Reporter and novelist
Nationality British
Period 1971-present
Genre Non-fiction (history), crime fiction


Martin Walker (born 1947) is the author of the popular Bruno detective series set in the Périgord region of France. He was a member of A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council.


He was educated at Harrow County School for Boys and Balliol College, Oxford. Walker lives in Europe with his wife, with whom he has two daughters.[1]

He was on the staff of The Guardian from around 1971, working in a variety of positions, including bureau chief in Moscow and the United States, European editor, and assistant editor.[2] One of the unsuccessful candidates for the editorship of The Guardian in 1995, when Alan Rusbridger was appointed in succession to Peter Preston,[3] Walker resigned in 1999 after 28 years with the newspaper.[4]

Walker joined United Press International (UPI) in 2000. While at UPI he was also an international correspondent. He is now Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of UPI. He also holds a variety of other positions, including senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.; senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at The New School in New York; and member of the Board of Directors of the Global Panel Foundation (Berlin, Copenhagen, Prague, Sydney and Toronto). He is also a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Times's Opinion section and of Europe magazine. Walker also is a regular commentator on CNN, Inside Washington, and NPR.[1]


Walker has written several non-fiction books, including The National Front,[5] Waking Giant: Gorbachev and Perestroika, The Cold War: A History, Clinton: The President They Deserve and America Reborn.

He is also the author of the Bruno detective series set in the Périgord region of France, where Walker has a holiday home. The novels depict an unconventional village policeman, Benoît "Bruno" Courrèges, a gourmet cook and former soldier who was wounded on a peacekeeping mission in the Balkans, who never carries his official gun and who has "long since lost the key to his handcuffs".


  1. ^ a b "Martin Walker". Random House, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Biography of Martin Walker". The Globalist. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2008. 
  3. ^ Maggie Brown "Guardian names its new editor", The Independent, 25 January 1995
  4. ^ David Lister "Veteran reporter quits Guardian", The Independent, 3 August 1999
  5. ^ Published by Fontana, London, 1977, ISBN 0006348246