Matt Walker biography
Matt Walker is a published author, editor and writer of groundbreaking science and natural history stories.
Born in 1973, Matt first tried to tell his parents the difference between a leopard and cheetah at the age of two. His interest in the natural world continued at the University of Leeds and Imperial College, London, where he gained a first class Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Science Communication.
Matt joined New Scientist in 1999 as a reporter, winning the PTC national award for best young journalist working at a specialist consumer magazine, before moving into editing. For six years, he oversaw the award-winning News and Technology sections of New Scientist (www.newscientist.com), shaping the magazine’s international coverage of science and technology issues.
Matt has since moved to Bristol to work with the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit.
In May of 2009, he launched Earth News, (www.bbc.co.uk/earthnews) the BBC’s online service dedicated to natural history, for which he originates and writes exclusive stories that are regularly picked up by the world’s media. Earth News has a UK audience of 250k unique users per week, and around 500k uus worldwide.
Matt's expertise has lead to him becoming a contributor and commentator on local, national and international radio and TV, a contributor to media conferences and a co-author of a leading scientific paper on conservation.