The Don Walker Memorial Scholarship would like to thank the following organizations for their leadership gifts:

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The Milwaukee Newspaper Guild

Don Walker was a founding member of Local 51 of The Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the newsroom staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don was hired part-time by the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1978 and then full-time by The Milwaukee Journal as a reporter and copy editor.

He went on to serve in many management positions at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before he returned to reporting for the business, sports and news departments.



The Green Bay Packers

Don covered the business of sports for much of his career, including the development and economic impact of Lambeau Field, home of The Green Bay Packers.



The Milwaukee Brewers

Don Walker covered the business of sports, including the financing and construction of Miller Park, home of the city’s Major League Baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers.


Joseph and Charlotte Walker

Joseph and Charlotte Walker contributed a leadership gift to honor the memory of Joseph’s brother, Don.


John Shiely and Helen Pauly Shiely

Helen and Don attended Marquette University got to know each other when they worked at different newspapers in Port Washington. After leaving Ozaukee County for other jobs, they were reunited in 1980 when Helen joined the staff of The Milwaukee Journal. And when Helen returned to the Journal Sentinel after more than 20 years away, Don was one of the first to welcome her back.



Milwaukee Bucks

Don’s last beat was covering the development of a new NBA arena for the Milwaukee Bucks while on a fellowship through the Sheldon B. Lubar Fund for Public Policy Research at Marquette University. All reporting was done under the direction of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editors.


Ulice Payne

Ulice Payne is the chief executive of Addison-Clifton LLC and former chairman of the Bradley Center board of directors.


Evan Zeppos

Evan Zeppos is a longtime public relations consultant whose clients include the Bradley Center.


Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner

Betsy Brenner served as president and the publisher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 14 years until her retirement in 2016.


Paul Bargren

Paul Bargen is the Milwaukee County corporation counsel and a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLC. He also worked 19 years at three newspapers, including a stint as assistant city editor for the Milwaukee Journal.

For information about how to contribute a leadership gift, please contact us.