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Vickie Walton-James

Chief National Editor

Vickie Walton-James is Chief National Editor for NPR News. She oversees a desk of more than 40 reporters, editors and producers based in Washington, D.C., and in more than a dozen bureaus around the country. National Desk correspondents cover domestic breaking news and beats that include immigration, criminal justice and national security across all NPR platforms. Before assuming her current position in 2014, Walton-James was the network's Deputy National Editor and held other senior management positions.

Prior to joining NPR in 2008, Walton-James was a manager for Tribune Publishing in Washington, where she coordinated the convergence of print, digital and television coverage. She was promoted to that position after serving as the Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau Chief. In that role, she led coverage of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and their aftermath. She also directed coverage of Washington institutions and issues, including justice, diplomacy, defense and the presidency.

Walton-James began her journalism career in newspapers, reporting and editing for the Kansas City Star. Her beats included criminal justice, social services, city government and residential real estate. She later moved to the Chicago Tribune and was an editor for its national and foreign desks.

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The U.S. flag fell from the display rod during Saturday's Olympic medal ceremony at Wimbledon, after Serena Williams' victory. The flag was collected in the stands and sent onto the court. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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Nigerian fan Ifeoluwa Akande holds his country's flag as he watches Nigeria's basketball team lose to the United States by a record 83 points. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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On their bottles, Innocent declares itself the juice of champions — before adding, "rather than bang on about it, we thought we'd show you a picture of a tiger running through his pre-swim checklist." The drinks are a welcome sight at the Olympic media center. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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As Team USA basketball player Kobe Bryant passed through a security checkpoint Friday, British soldiers were moved to relax a ban on photography in the area. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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The "Thames Bar" was flowing with free drinks Monday, as the London 2012 group welcomed journalists to the Main Press Center. Vickie Walton-James/NPR hide caption

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