Karen Walker (’76) launched Walker & Associates Strategic Communications, a marketing and public relations firm in southern California, in 1996. Her past and current clientele include the C.S. Lewis Foundation, Ignatius Press, LaserMonks, Inc., the Catholic Schools Textbook Project, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, the Catholic Marketing Network, and her alma mater, Thomas Aquinas College. Previously she served as a field representative for a state legislator and as a freelance journalist and editor.
In 2009, Miss Walker launched the Catholic Business Journal, an online publication that produces a live call-in radio show for Catholics in business — “The Catholic Business Hour” with host Dick Lyles. The show airs Saturday Mornings on EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and and Sirius Channel 160. She has published hundreds of articles in the Catholic and secular press, including The National Catholic Register, Los Angeles Times, Our Sunday Visitor, Catholic Faith & Family, and Canticle magazine.
“The priorities pursued in a communications career that includes legislative work, journalism, public relations, and the launching of a premiere Catholic business publication and popular national radio program are anchored firmly in the education I received at Thomas Aquinas College,” she says. “I remain grateful and humbled by the original works of the great books curriculum, the Socratic method of discussion, the natural integration of principles of the Faith woven throughout my studies, and the community of peers and tutors who chose to live their Faith daily.”