Hi! I’m Justin Walker, the Director of Digital Content at 8 News Now. I’m thrilled to be here in Las Vegas from Fresno, California where I was born and raised.
My love for content creation and media was first captured at an early age on family video in the 1990s while I squeakily begged my dad to “let me film” with his then-state-of-the-art but now archaic JCPenney “VHS Movie Camera.” That camera would eventually be destroyed in my quest to become a filmmaker. Sorry, mom and dad.
My love for content creation got deeper, and more expensive, in 1998 when I was introduced to the Sony Mavica. That camera was one of the first to record on 3½-inch floppy disks. Kids, that is the image you click when you want to save something.
I would continue my habit into high school where I helped lead the video production department through the digital video editing revolution. Eventually, that passion would lead me to television. I created and produced the music/entertainment show “Rockin’ America,” which began locally in California’s Central Valley and was licensed by Starz, Inc. for broadcast on their cable movie channels.
Later, I teamed up again with Starz to create “Musicology,” a music video-centric program that featured trivia segments about current hit music, and interviews with popular artists like Panic! At The Disco, The Jonas Brothers, and the cast and crew of the musical Wicked.
Simultaneously, I began work with the FOX affiliate in Fresno, initially working through the primordial goo that was social media in the early 2010s. There I helped that station create its Facebook presence and innovate online news delivery in those early days of digital content creation.
Later, I would work with Nexstar Media Group’s CBS and NBC affiliate in Fresno, leading their fantastic digital team before joining the wonderful 8 News Now crew.
More recently, I produced a seven-part digital docuseries called “The Face for Radio.” That series is a retelling and dramatization of my father’s stories from the radio industry in the 1970s and early 1980s.
When not working with the digital team here at KLAS, I can usually be found taking photos, watching movies, and probably other things too.