A military brat, Leslie Walker was born in Newport, R.I., but called nowhere home until she dropped roots in Maryland in the 1980s.
She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Virginia, eventually covering Maryland politics for the Baltimore Evening Sun before joining The Washington Post as an editor in 1991.
Leslie wrote "Sudden Fury," a true-crime book that highlighted problems with the nation's foster care system and was made into an NBC movie in 1993.
Leslie Walker bought her first IBM desktop in 1983 and was on her third PC when she fell into cyberspace via CompuServe in the early 1990s.
Sinking deeper into the Net, she became editor of washingtonpost.com in May 1997.
Leslie returned to The Post's print staff in the fall of 1998 to write about the Internet for the Business section.
Her new ".com" column appears weekly in TechThursday. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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