Steve Walters, Editor of Texas Newspaper, Dies at 57

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Steve Walters, managing editor of the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram, died Saturday. He was 57.

“Truth, fairness, accuracy is the moral obligation of journalists. This is a philosophy which Steve shared and one to which he always tried to aspire,” said Sue Mayborn, editor and publisher of the Telegram.

Walters had been battling cancer and died in a Temple hospital.

Walters started with the Telegram in 1976 as wire editor. A graduate of Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, he worked as an intern with WFAA television in Dallas before starting his newspaper career with the Daily Ardmoreite in Ardmore, Okla.

He later covered county government for the Orange Leader. He left that newspaper briefly for a job in Washington with the Federal Aviation Administration and then returned.

At the Telegram, Walters was promoted to city editor and assistant managing editor before becoming managing editor.

Walters is survived by a son, two daughters, his parents and several grandchildren.

Walters was involved in various community efforts and represented the Telegram every year at Pioneer Day activities and the Bell County Spelling Bee. A scholarship fund will be set up in his name at his alma mater.

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