Mike Walker

Mike Walker is a Florida-based journalist who writes extensively for the Eastern European press as well as the American media, mostly about sports and outdoors. His work has appeared in Croatia Week, InSerbia, Coal Hill Review, Slate, SEE: A Fortnight in Review, The Moscow Times, Top-Soccer, Gently Read Literature, Valdosta Today, The Bold Italic, Untapped Cities, Goldenseal, and elsewhere. He is from Virginia and studied architectural history and architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He's also a nationally-certified coach in the sports of track and field, soccer, and basketball.

For Generations of Generals: Virginia’s Lexington

Lexington, Virginia

Home to both Jackson and Lee, this beautiful little college town tucked away in the Virginia highlands is so rich with Southern history you can breathe, feel, and taste it

Banquet in Cedar Key

Cedar Key, Florida

The freshest of seafood, straight off the fishing boats—fried shrimp, world-class clams, you name it—all served up with a Southern accent in this Old Florida dream spot on the Gulf

A Little Bit of Old Greece in Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs, Florida

The South has many diverse ethnic communities, all with their own stories, and Tarpon Springs—the largest community of Greek-Americans in the entire nation—is a perfect example

Ironmakers of Alleghany County, Virginia

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Ironmaking in Alleghany County might be an easy facet to overlook in this beautiful, rustic, and agrarian region, but it played a pivotal role in the Civil War and post-war years alike, setting the stage for the industrial might of Virginia and West Virginia

Red Brick and Blue Skies: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

The fifth-largest city in the state of South Carolina, Rock Hill still has a small-town feel to it through and through—and boasts some of the most beautiful old churches you could desire to view

Historic Preservation: Take Savannah, for Example (Part One)

Savannah, Georgia

The South boasts architecture that traces its history and culture back to its very beginnings, and Savannah leads the way in showing us how not only to preserve this treasure but revive it and utilize it for the South of today

Historic Preservation: Take Savannah, for Example (Part Two)

Savannah, Georgia

Photojournalist Mike Walker continues his look at the historic preservation—and thoughtful transformation—of Southern architecture through the lens of one of the South’s oldest but most innovative communities

Authentic Mexican Cuisine in the American South

Ocala, Florida

Tex-Mex and New Mexican cuisines have their own very important contributions to American foodways in the South, but the arrival of authentic Mexican has added other options and new tastes to experience

Hoop’s Up: High School Basketball in the South

Live Oak, Florida; Valdosta, Georgia

March Madness will soon captivate the nation once again, but the game originated in the same high schools that bring communities together across the South

David Levy Yulee and the Emerging State of Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

The first Jew elected to the US Senate, David Levy was one of the greatest of Floridians, helping to build the Florida we have today

Steel Magnolias and the New Southern Cuisine

Valdosta, Georgia

What do you get when you combine a homegrown chef with locally-sourced food and century-old southern Georgia downtown architecture? Steel Magnolias, of course, and the South’s whole new-old restaurant experience done right.

Lake City and Florida’s Gateway

Lake City, Florida

Lake City is often skipped over by tourists headed south and glossed over by the news, but make no mistake about it, it’s a thriving and fascinating place

Calving in the South: A Winter’s Work

Sinks Grove, West Virginia; Live Oak, Florida

Beef and dairy are two of the leading agricultural pursuits in the American South, and young calves can bring serious money—while the winter their born in can bring serious challenges to a calf’s survival

Preserves: The Soul of Summer in Southern Winters

Union, West Virginia

Southerners have long had to figure out means of providing ample food through the winter when food is scarce

Christmas in Florida: Saint Augustine’s Festive Lights and Sights

Saint Augustine, Florida

Despite the lack of very conventional Christmas-y weather, Florida has plenty of Christmas traditions all its own

Railroad Towns in Georgia and Florida

Waldo, Florida

Lucky for us, railroad towns all around Florida and Georgia offer up a wellspring of history as well as a charming setting for new business ventures from inns to shops to restaurants

Have a Cigar: Ybor City, the Festive Heart of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

Our South at one time was a frontier, a place where people could form new starts no matter where they came from—a place like Ybor City