Payton Walker

Payton Walker


Payton Walker comes to WAFF 48 from The Tar Heel State where she grew up in Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her love of journalism began in high school when she started working for Charlotte Christian School’s broadcasting team, Knights Knews. Her passion for the field only continued to grow as she advanced into her collegiate career.

At UNC-CH, Payton served as an anchor and reporter for both of the university’s primary newscasts: Carolina Week and Sports Xtra. Her efforts won her several awards through the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, and she was selected as UNC-CH’s Outstanding Graduating Senior in Broadcast Journalism.

In addition to her collegiate experience, Payton gained real-world insight through her internships at both the NBC and CBS affiliates in her hometown of Charlotte.

Some of her accomplishments include interviewing Fox News host Tucker Carlson, covering Carolina vs. Duke basketball games and the PGA Championship, digging deep into relevant issues like disabilities in the workforce, NFL concussions and collegiate grade inflation, interviewing former professional athletes (Antawn Jamison, Kevin Donnalley and Eugene Robinson), as well as developing innovative pieces on a wide range of fun topics in the local area.

You can catch Payton anchoring on Saturday and Sunday mornings and reporting out in the field on weekday mornings. When she’s away from the station, you’ll find her meeting with friends over lunch, playing piano, brushing up on her French, going on walks and volunteering at her church.

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Recent Articles by Payton

  Sensory Inclusive Santa: a photo op for kids with special needs

  A life changed: how a man once addicted to drugs is now headed to Columbia University

  Infantile Spasms Awareness Week

  Today is Small Business Saturday!

  Staying safe this Black Friday

  Nursing home hosts Thanksgiving celebration for residents

  Special Report: About 1 in 4 people have hole in heart

  “Buy a Tree Change a Life” raising money for children around the world

  Lights Up event happening at Bridge Street Town Centre

  Huntsville Animal Shelter open house has holiday fun and furry friends

  Flint Crossing Outdoors offers free store item to food drive participants

  Christmas kickoff events happening this weekend in Tennessee Valley

  November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

  Rocket Republic Brewery hosts event for Huntsville Championship

  Local group works to honor Vietnam casualties in Morgan Co.

  Details for 2019 Veterans Day Parade

  National Distance Learning Week

  New Salvation Army red kettles feature digital payment

  Inaugural 5k Run Against Violence looks to raise money for those affected

  Mr. Peanut visits Rocket City!

  Rocket City Adventure Race

  Bridge Street Town Centre hosts first annual fall festival

  Annual makers market today in downtown Huntsville

  November is National Adoption Month

  Zumbathon to raise money for breast cancer fighters

  Details on packet pickup for Liz Hurley Ribbon Run

  Out of Darkness Community Walk

  Hazel Green hosts pink football game to honor cancer fighters

  New report ranks Alabama #16 in country for highest childhood obesity rate

  Take 10 for Public Education Survey