Born in Chicago, Walt Christophersen began his writing career as a columnist for the Pacific Weekly, the campus newspaper at his alma mater, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. During his
last semester, he moved up to editor-in-chief while continuing to write his column.
Most of Walt’s later career was devoted to TV news, working at stations owned by or affiliated with CBS and NBC. As is common in the business, his jobs took him to half a dozen locations between North Carolina and Southern California, holding a variety of positions: writer, producer, reporter, assignment editor and news director.
During the early 70s, Walt broke into travel writing, regularly contributing articles and photographs to the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Boston Globe and Toronto Star. Some of those articles are reprinted in the second book.
Walt has also been published by the Washington Post, Washington Star, Miami Herald and Kansas City Star. Magazines include Smithsonian Air & Space, Sea Breezes (UK), Rendezvous (Australia) and Jack and Jill.
In the mid-70s he gained Capitol Hill experience as press secretary for David Towell, a friend who was a congressman representing Nevada.
His last full time job was editing copy for CNN International in Atlanta.
During the mid-80s and early 90s, he lived and worked in Germany, first as a reporter for five years at European Journal, a weekly TV news magazine produced in Cologne for syndication on many PBS affiliates as well as stations in Canada and Australia. He later served four years as a writer/editor for Radio Free Europe in Munich. He recounts his adventures in Europe in his first book, A Temporary European.
His second book, By Ship, Train, Bus, Plane & Sometimes Hitchhiking, is strictly about travel, with an emphasis on getting from one place to another. It describes trips he made in the 1960s and 70s, which included island-hopping across the Pacific as well as making a nearly seven-month-long journey from Beirut to Tokyo.