Walters named Wisconsin Journalist of the Year

UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer Steven Walters has been named the Milwaukee Press Club’s first-ever Wisconsin Journalist of the Year.

Walters received the award at the press club’s annual Gridiron dinner Friday evening. Walters, who has covered Wisconsin’s Capitol since 1988, is senior producer for WisconsinEye, the state’s public affairs news network. Walters also served as the Capitol bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Sentinel.

Before coming to Madison, Walters covered the Iowa Legislature and was managing editor of the Waukesha Freeman newspaper

For 20 years, Walters has also undergraduate reporting and writing classes at the school in addition to his full-time work as a reporter.

After receiving the award, Walters said he appreciated the support he’d received from a number of different corners.

“Thanks, UW-Madison School of Journalism, for giving me a chance to convince the next generation of journalists why what we do is important,” Walters said, adding, “Thanks, WisconsinEye, for letting me ask people — with and without titles — why they do what they do. And, thanks to my fellow Capitol reporters for holding the powerful accountable.”