Kennedy Assassination Mockingbird: Herrin Illinois Native, National Media Personality Dies Over Weekend

Marion Daily Republican
Aug 03, 2009

Robert "Bob" Walker, a Herrin native who launched his television and radio career nationally after covering the Kennedy assassination for WFAA in Dallas, died from kidney and liver failure July 27 at his Minnesota home. He was 77.

Mr. Walker worked as the station manager and news director at WFAA from 1961 to 1964. While there, he covered the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and the killing of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

He served in the Korean War while he was in the Air Force from 1951 to 1954. After his military service, he attended Southern Illinois University, where he studied voice.

After his stint in Dallas, Mr. Walker became the news director at WGBH in Boston before going to ABC Radio in New York in 1968. He served as a radio news correspondent until his retirement in 1994.

Throughout the years, Mr. Walker traveled the world, covering the collapse of the Berlin Wall, President Harry S. Truman's funeral, the Challenger space shuttle explosion and national political conventions, his son said.

Services were Sunday in Marshall, Minn.

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