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

  Leo the lion to stay at UNA

  Sit-down with Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers

  Mother of autistic son pleads for no mask ordinance

  U.S Army parachute team makes special jump to honor healthcare workers

  New law enforcement team to address drugs in Cullman County

Changes for students in New Hope starting this school year

  Space Camp lifts off this weekend

  Are Huntsville residents wearing their masks?

  Companies recognize Juneteenth as national holiday

  COVID-19 more prevalent in minority populations

  Garbage trucks, other vehicles damaged during Huntsville City garage fire

  T-shirt printing company turns to making customized masks during COVID-19

  Citizens voice concerns to Huntsville City Council

  Protest to precede Huntsville City Council meeting

  Commission Chairman speaks on confederate monument outside Madison County Courthouse

  7 victims identified in Valhermoso Springs shooting

  Huntsville police discuss Wednesday night protests

  Huntsville pastor reacts to killing of George Floyd

  18-year-old opens business during coronavirus pandemic

  Urgent care seeing decline in patients

  USDA announces ‘Coronavirus Food Assistance Program’ for farmers

  Huntsville student accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, among others

  Huntsville nurse treating COVID patients in Boston returns home

  Athens hotel seeing more bookings, continuing to take COVID precautions

  Massage therapists taking precautions during COVID-19

  Trav-Ad Signs making sneeze guards and COVID-related signage

  Could social distancing weaken the immune system?

  Local burger joint not burdened by meat shortage

  Huntsville woman celebrates 101st birthday with parade

  Alabama dental offices reopen