Walt says he got his love of all things trains from his father, who worked for the Southern Railway as a car knocker (inspector) at Southern's old New Orleans Bernadotte Street coach yards and as a railway mail clerk.
A communications consultant for more than twenty years as sole proprietor of Walt Pierce Communications, Walt previously spent 25 years in broadcast news as a Reporter, Managing Editor, Assignment Editor and News Director. But in 1999, Walt made a career change from broadcast journalism to public relations, first as the Director of Communications for the New Orleans Public School System and for the last 20 years as the Public Information Officer for Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Walt is also involved in television and radio production as an Associate Director, Talent Coordinator and Stage Manager. He has been employed by all of the major national and regional broadcast networks working behind the scenes at professional and college football, basketball and baseball, including the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans and numerous Super Bowls broadcasts.
In the community, Walt is active in several arenas, including serving as Vice-President, Board of Directors, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Reserve Deputy Unit; President, Louisiana Steam Train Association (LASTA) and Board Member of the ACE Mentor Program of New Orleans. Pierce also served six years on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee (ACAC) and is currently a member of the Rail Passengers Association (RPA).
Volunteer Spotlight Walt Pierce (2014)