Walt runs the tours, programs, marketing, web presence, public relations, and overall visitor experience. He has been in radio, television, tourism, and events for over 25 years and comes to Yerkes after 16 years at Chicago Trolley & Double Decker ,where he began as a tour guide and became executive director. He is currently on the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and the advisory board for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, where he is the former chairman. He has a degree in poetry and creative writing from the University of Arkansas. Walt and his wife Kate got married at Yerkes and live nearby on their wooded acre with their baby Charles.
“I get goosebumps every day at work. As a staff, we want our visitors’ time here to be filled with wonder, tranquility, joy, and the pursuit of knowledge. We work to create a setting where astronomers and artists examine then express the profundity of the miracle of existence. My wife and I got married at Yerkes, had a son, and now I work here. C’mon, we are Cosmos Mariners!”