WALTER produces 10 print issues annually on velvet-finished paper, filled with stunning photography and elevated prose. We feature the folks who make this one of the nation’s best places to live, work, and play: WALTER celebrates them all. Our leaders and doers, artists and athletes, entrepreneurs and entertainers. Whether we are profiling community leaders and innovators; highlighting beautiful homes, gardens, and local style; or sharing our love for the outdoors, literature and humor; we are proud to reach our readers where they live, work and explore.
Ayn-Monique Klahre joined WALTER as editor in 2018. A recent transplant to Raleigh, she grew up mostly in Virginia (with stints overseas with her military family). She graduated from Princeton University and got a certificate in journalism from Columbia Journalism School before spending more than ten years in New York City working for national magazines including Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and InStyle. She loves long jogs, lattes and exploring the Triangle with her husband and daughters.
Creative director Laura Wall won her first art competition at age six and has led her life in search of creative pursuits. She has always lived in the deep South—Georgia, North Carolina, and the southeast of the United Kingdom. Laura is a classically trained graphic designer and has created and launched numerous nationally award-winning magazines prior to joining WALTER in 2017. She enjoys working in the community as a board member and volunteer.
Catherine Currin joined WALTER as associate editor in 2017. Born and raised in Raleigh, she’s glad to be back exploring the Triangle after a brief stint in Winston-Salem, where she received her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University. In her free time, Catherine enjoys practicing yoga and tasting every bite of the growing food scene in Raleigh.
Katherine Poole is WALTER’s community manager. She tracks all of the people, places, and events that make the Triangle so dynamic and shares it in the Happening Now section of the magazine and social media platforms. Katherine holds a master’s in communication studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a self-taught graphic designer. Her checkered past includes stints in publishing, television development, textile design, and as a fact-checker on a game show.
Julie Nickens joined the WALTER sales team full-time in July 2017. She has over 26 years of advertising and marketing experience and has worked with WALTER since the very first issue. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from Salem College. She and her husband have two children in college; they are enjoying the empty nest life and spending as much time as possible in Morehead City.
Cristina Hurley joined WALTER in 2014, where she serves as an account executive. She has been in the advertising industry for over six years. She is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business marketing. She is an active volunteer within the community and in her spare time enjoys traveling the world with her husband.
Kait Gorman has been a part of the WALTER team since 2016 as an event coordinator and account executive. She was born and raised in New York where she obtained a bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz. After a few years living in NYC, she headed abroad, but eventually made her way to Raleigh and couldn’t be happier. In her spare time, Kait enjoys eating her way through the Triangle and figuring out what beach she can head to next.
Robin Kennedy joined WALTER in 2018 as advertising coordinator after working in corporate sales for more than a decade. Robin’s a jack-of-all-trades who handles everything from subscriptions to archived copies of the magazine to events support. Originally from Wilmington, she’s an avid college basketball fan who enjoys cooking, tennis, travel and spending time with her family.