WALTER the magazine was named after Sir Walter Raleigh the man, the intriguing individual our city claims as its namesake. He was, among other things, a writer, poet and explorer—and we channel those qualities in our pages.
WALTER believes in stunning photography and elevated prose. We believe in celebrating the folks who make the Triangle an amazing place to live, work and play. In our magazine, website and social media, you’ll learn about our leaders and do-ers, artists and athletes, innovators and old-timers. You’ll get a glimpse into unique spaces and be inspired to explore our parks, museums, restaurants and stores. You may laugh when a local personality shares his insights, or cry when you witness your neighbors helping neighbors. Above all, WALTER wants to share all that’s good in our community.
Ayn-Monique Klahre joined WALTER as editor in 2018. A semi-recent transplant to Raleigh, she grew up mostly in Virginia (with stints overseas with her military family), graduated from Princeton and got a certificate in publishing from Columbia Journalism School. She spent over a decade in New York City, editing and writing for publications including Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Woman’s Day and The New York Times. She loves sunrise jogs, whole-milk lattes and exploring the Triangle with her husband and daughters. Follow Ayn-Monique on Instagram @amklahre.
Catherine Currin joined WALTER as associate editor in 2017, and is our web and social media guru on top of her work on the print magazine. 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 catching up on her long list of TV shows, practicing yoga and tasting every bite of Raleigh’s food scene.
Assistant editor Katherine Poole knows all about what’s going on—she tracks all of the people, places and events that make the Triangle so dynamic and shares them in Happening NOW and The Whirl (and we know that many of you flip right to the back of the magazine when you get it). 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.