Richard Walker (born around 1956) is a Scottish journalist who is editor of the Sunday National. He was editor of the Sunday Herald from 1999–2015 and launched The National in 2014. He was Newsquest's editor of the year in 2014.
Walker took up the post of deputy editor with the Sunday Herald when it launched in February 1999. The paper's first editor, Andrew Jaspan left the paper to take up another post in the middle of 2004. In September of that year, Walker was promoted to editor. In November 2005 the Sunday Herald moved to compact format, the first national quality Scottish Sunday paper to do so.
In May 2011, Walker took a bold editorial decision to publish a large picture of Ryan Giggs on the front page, at the time when a controversial Super-injunction had been granted by the English courts. This led to him winning "Scoop of the year" at the Scottish Press Awards in 2012.
While he was editor the Sunday Herald took the position of backing Scottish Independence ahead of the referendum held in September 2014, the only UK newspaper title to do so. The paper saw a rise in sales subsequently.
The National and Sunday National
Walker was praised during The National's launch, including that his work "reflects public opinion" and including "novelty and boldness", however the paper's association with the Scottish National Party has been criticised, and the party's involvement with its launch was described as "creepy".
In September 2015, he stood down from editing both titles, following Newsquest's decision to make a reduction of twenty positions across the Herald and Evening Times. The editor at the Evening Times, Tony Carlin also resigned. Neil MacKay was promoted to executive editor of the Sunday Herald, Callum Baird to executive editor of The National, Walker remained as a consulting editor and regular contributor to The National.
In September 2018 The National launched a Sunday Edition, to fill the gap left by the end of the Sunday Herald, with a number of the Sunday Herald's features being incorporated into the new paper. Walker was appointed its editor
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