William Walker has worked as a reporter and editor in the United States and Europe for more than four decades and has written and edited for daily newspapers on assignments in over 50 countries. Walker began a 28-year career with the newspaper Stars and Stripes at Darmstadt, Germany, as a reporter in 1973 and was the newspaper’s worldwide Executive Editor when he retired in 2002. He directed his newspaper’s coverage of the NATO peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo and traveled extensively throughout the former Yugoslavia during the past 30 years. Before joining Stars and Stripes Walker worked at daily newspapers in South Carolina and as a news editor for the Associated Press. He was born in Mullins, S.C., and educated at Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. in East European History.