Sam Walker

Sam Walker

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Sam Walker is veteran journalist, sports columnist, and sports editor, who founded the Wall Street Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009. Today, Sam is the Wall Street Journal’s Leadership and Management Columnist, and Deputy Editor for Enterprise, the group that oversees the paper's in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. He is the author of The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Greatest Teams, named one of the best business books of 2017 by the New York Times, CNBC,, Strategy+Business, Sports Illustrated and the Globe and Mail. His first book, Fantasyland, is a bestselling account of his attempt to win America's top fantasy baseball expert competition. Fantasyland was also turned into a documentary. Previously, Sam launched a consulting practice to help companies, sports teams and military units refine the way they identify, cultivate and support potential leaders in their ranks.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He was a global sports editor, having founded the sports desk in 2009, where he headed up a team that handled every sporting event there was.

  • Under his leadership, the desk won more than a dozen journalism prizes and received two Pulitzer Prize nominations.


  • The book compiles a bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports.

  • The narrative is drawn on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches and team building experts.

  • Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart.