This collection contains printed material, publications, notes, news clippings, and correspondence related to Walker's job as a UPI reporter covering events in Louisville during this time. There are also taped interviews and tapes of speeches and rallies in Louisville in the mid-1970s. The bulk of the collection relates to the issue of desegregation and busing of the Louisville/Jefferson County School System. Due to the small size of the collection, it was not organized by series.
Richard L. Walker, a 1978 graduate of the University of Louisville, was a reporter for United Press International (UPI) from 1973 until 1977. In 1983 he became a correspondent at the Chicago Bureau office of Reuters, the largest press agency and wire service in the world. Walker began his career in journalism by writing articles for newspapers while still in high school. In 1973, he began part-time and stringer work for UPI, as well as writing for other publications such as Kentucky Business Ledger, the Journal of Commerce, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Religious News Service. He also appeared on National Public Radio, the Voice of America, and the Radio France International English Service.