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Barbara White Walker

The daughter of William Lindsay White and Kathrine Klinkenberg White and granddaughter of William Allen White and Sallie Lindsay White, Barbara was a London war orphan. Her parents secured a flight from the war-torn England to Portugal. Barbara grew up in New York City. White told Barbara's story in the book A Journey for Margaret, which became a major motion picture. In 1941 Life magazine carried an article by the same name. She attended Nightingale-Bamford School. She attended Stanford University.

In 1957 Barbara married David Walker, a Stanford classmate. The wedding was covered in Life magazine. He went on to earn a Ph.D. at Columbia University. The Walkers moved to Emporia in 1972. William Lindsay, editor of the Emporia Gazette, died in 1973, and passed on the role of editor and publisher to Kathrine. She died in 1988 and passed along the responsibilities of editor to Barbara and publisher to David Walker.

The family continues to operate the Emporia Gazette after more than 120 years. Chris and Ashley Knecht Walker, son and daughter-in-law of Barbara and David, purchased the newspaper. Chris Walker was born in California, and moved with his parents to Emporia in 1972 where he began working for the Gazette as a paper carrier at the age of 10. He has a bachelor's degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. Chris took over as editor in 2000 and now also serves as publisher, Ashley as editor, Barbara is senior editor, and David is publisher emeritus.

Entry: Walker, Barbara White

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: September 2015

Date Modified: April 2016

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