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Wendy Walker  

Legendary Broadcast Producer

Emmy Award-winning producer and acclaimed author Wendy Walker is a legend in her own right in the global broadcast industry. As Senior Executive Producer of the iconic talk show Larry King Live, Walker played a critical role in bringing the biggest news stories and personalities of the past two decades into the living rooms of millions of global viewers on a nightly basis.

For more than 17 years at the helm of Larry King Live, Walker oversaw all planning and production for CNN's top-ranked, critically acclaimed program, which was the world's first live, globally televised viewer call-in show. During her tenure, Larry King Live established an unrivaled reputation for quality programming and exclusive interviews with A-list guests, prompting Barbara Walters to describe Walker as one of the most "relentless" producers of all time.

Walker's career is full of television "firsts," having orchestrated Larry King Live's coverage of the most seminal breaking news events of our time, including the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the war in Iraq, and the past five presidential elections. Her live coverage of Haiti and the Gulf was complemented by highly acclaimed network telethons such as "Haiti: How You Can Help" and "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help."

Thanks to an innate ability to conceive and craft headline-making news programs that attract record ratings, Walker secured Larry King Live's role as the world's most popular news and entertainment talk show. One of the many programs that cemented that reputation was the famed 1993 NAFTA debate between then-Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot. This historic face-off attracted more than 16.3 million viewers and broke cable industry ratings records. In 1995, Walker also produced an unprecedented, news-breaking hour on the Middle East peace process with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, King Hussein of Jordan, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Other memorable Larry King Live shows orchestrated by Walker include the momentous 50th Anniversary of D-Day coverage live from Normandy in 1994; the live 2007 Las Vegas Beatles Reunion with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison—the only interview the four legends have ever done together; and the 2010 exclusive Graceland Elvis Special with Priscilla Presley.


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