However, Walt’s family is no stranger to Indianapolis. His father worked on the pit crew for Dick Simon Racing, which was based in Indianapolis during the 80’s. Walt is also very connected to the racing world today. He has profiled the top drivers in in Indy Car and NASCAR and he got a bucket list ride around the track with racing legend Mario Andretti.
Walt worked for several years as the main anchor at KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin. While there, he reported on many high profile stories, including the devastating F5 tornado that hit Jarrell, the Texas A&M bonfire collapse and George W. Bush’s run for the White House. He was also one of the first local reporters to talk one on one with Dell Computer found Michael Dell.
Walt grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science.
Walt began his journalism career in 1989 and served as a desk assistant and part-time assistant producer with ABC News and worked on stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings in Los Angeles, London and Washington, D.C. One of his highlights at ABC News was working with Peter Jennings in London on several stories.
He also worked as an anchor in Medford, Ore., before moving to Austin. He left there for Atlanta and then Tampa.
As a reporter, he has provided live on-the-scene coverage from the Oklahoma City bombing, the 2000 Major LeagueBaseball All-Star Game in Atlanta and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. His work has earned him both Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards. He also received a Barbara Jordan Media Award from the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.
Walt (whose last name is pronounced MAC-eh-bor-skee) also goes by Walt Mac. In his free time you’ll find him hanging out with Hoosiers on the golf course, at church and enjoying time with his family. Walt and his wife have three sons and who keep them busy on the tennis courts, soccer fields and the beautiful parks in the Circle City.