Silas Walker is a photojournalist at the Lexington Herald-Leader where he helps plug the reporting gap in rural, Eastern Kentucky through visual storytelling. Walker worked as a visual journalist during internships with the Deseret News and a prior stint with the Lexington Herald-Leader and as a student at Western Kentucky University, where he was the visuals editor for the independent student newspaper, the College Heights Herald. He also did freelance work for organizations such as Getty Images and the Los Angeles Times. Walker was named the 2019 Kentucky student photographer of the year by the Kentucky News Photographers Association and placed 7th in the news and feature category in the National Hearst Photojournalism competition. He is originally from Portland, Oregon.