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

  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

  Upcoming flu shot clinics in North Alabama

  Boys raise thousands for special dolls

  Chili cook-off to benefit veterans

  Restaurants from across the valley come together for Taste of Huntsville

  Madison passes budget for impact fee study

  Local nonprofit works to address mental health in schools

  Teen arrested in Huntsville carjacking, chase, gunfire exchange

  Go Yoga Week is September 22-29

  Huntsville Police Department is looking for new recruits

  September is National Family Meals Month

  Developments coming to Madison

  Pour It Pink event to benefit Liz Hurley Ribbon Run

  Annual Pumpkin Blast Competition

  Redstone Arsenal celebrates 24th annual Oktoberfest

  Study puts Alabama, U.S. obesity rates at historic highs

  Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month

  Rocket City Weather Fest at UAH

  HudsonAlpha receives grant for Alzheimer’s research

  Athens event center to be given to Alabama Veterans Museum

  Project Playground letting kids design where they want to have fun

  WWII ship docked in Decatur

  Alabama tickets and Auburn tickets

  Decatur residents work to come up with new city slogan

  Rocket City looking to become a rockin’ city

  National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

  Muscle Shoals rock concert to benefit local charities