Liz Walker to speak at Wheaton
Former WBZ-TV anchor to discuss courageous leadership
Liz Walker, an award-winning television journalist, ordained minister and humanitarian, will be the guest speaker at Wheaton College on February 20 at 7 p.m. in Hindle Auditorium. Currently focused on human rights in Sudan, Reverend Walker is an inspirational speaker who discusses courageous leadership, personal development and the global difference that one person can make.
"Many students are interested in finding ways to work and serve abroad after their own study-abroad experiences,” says Raquel Ramos, associate dean and director of Wheaton’s Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, which is sponsoring the event.
“We, as a society, are often overwhelmed at the large issues that need to be addressed,” said Ramos. “I was looking for a speaker who could tie together domestic and global issues in an inspiring way. Liz Walker has a positive message about being able to serve and make a difference ‘in the spot where you stand.’”
Walker, the first African American to anchor a major television newscast in Boston, anchored for WBZ Television for 20 years. In 2001, she traveled to Sudan in order to learn more about the slave trade in southern Sudan. Combining her communications skills with her passion for humanitarian service, she has returned to Sudan and the region of Darfur many times since. She has produced several documentaries about the region and co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a grassroots initiative in Sudan that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives.
She graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2005. An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition, she is the transitional minister at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston, and currently hosts a television magazine health series called “Better Living with Liz Walker” on Boston’s WCVB Television.
“As our local WBZ news anchor for 20 years, I knew Liz Walker would draw the local community,” Ramos said. “Her journey from television news anchor, to returning to school for a divinity degree and becoming a minister in the Boston area, to doing humanitarian work in Sudan, can inspire us all to live purposeful lives where we continue to learn, grow and serve."