WALTER: The First 10 Years

The September 2022 issue of WALTER marks the 10-year anniversary of its publication. We take a look back at some of our iconic stories, subjects and imagery.

by WALTER staff

Raleigh skyline | Photograph by Bryan Regan

In September of 2012, WALTER founding editor Liza Roberts wrote that she wanted to create a magazine focused on “embracing and reflecting all that’s great about this City of Oaks.” Well, 10 years later, we’re still at it — and never at a loss of stories to tell. Month after month, we share images and articles that reflect the same dynamic, fast-growing Raleigh that inspired WALTER Magazine a decade ago.

Thank you, readers, for being with us on this journey. We’ll continue our work of capturing the people and culture that make Raleigh so unique — in the faith that 10 years from now, there will still be more amazing stories to tell.

Read on for a look at some of the iconic stories, subjects and imagery that have filled our pages.

Cover Stories

What do 10 years of WALTERs look like? Take a scroll past every issue.

Webb Simpson | Photograph by Bob Karp

The Statesman

Founding editor Liza Roberts checks in with professional golfer Webb Simpson, a Raleigh native who shared the first cover of WALTER with his growing family.

Ashley Christensen | Photograph by Bob Karp

Cultivating Corners

Our second cover star: James Beard Award winner Ashley Christensen, whose dedication to serving great food in Raleigh helped many get their start in our culinary scene. We take a look at the people who’ve risen up the ranks under her mentorship.

Neuse River Trail | Photograph by Geoff Wood

By the Numbers

What’s been happening in Raleigh since WALTER was created? Well, quite a lot! From Greenway miles to historic landmarks to pets adopted from local shelters, here’s a quick rundown.

A Nude Attitude | photograph by Bryan Regan

Top 10 Web Stories

What do people really want to read? Articles about where to eat, real estate — and nudism in the Triangle. Here are the most-clicked articles of all time. Plus: learn how to make a Cherry Bounce, Raleigh’s official cocktails!

Raleigh’s Rodeo | Photograph by Nick Pironio

Picture Perfect

A ramble through a few of the iconic photos taken by the talented people who work with WALTER.

Magazine Memories

Why yes, we do have fun making WALTER! We pulled together a few staff photos from the last 10 years.

A version of this article appeared in the September 2022 issue of WALTER magazine.