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

  “Sons of the American Revolution” work to honor Founding Fathers

  February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

  Kitchen Cops: Heartbreaking score for one Italian restaurant on Valentine’s Day

  Hwy. 231 in Lacey’s Spring now closed due to growing crack across road

  Cook Museum to host special amphibian day

  Clearview Cancer Institute seeing more activity, more success stories

  HudsonAlpha offering free genetic testing for cancer risk

  Bank Independent hosts donation drive for animal shelters

  The Camp at MidCity hosts “Firetrucks and Forklifts” event

  Topgolf tournament to benefit patients with rare genetic condition

  January is Thyroid Awareness Month

  Sand Mountain Sam makes his forecast

  Kitchen Cops: Dirty dishrag used for cleaning and trouble at one theater

  Crews battle early morning fire in Gurley

Marshall Space Flight Center to hold Day of Remembrance

  31st Annual Dog Ball happening at VBC

  Kitchen Cops: Roaches and rodents in school cafeteria, restaurant sanitation issues

  Construction of Huntsville Hospital’s Orthopedic and Spine Tower about halfway done

  CAJA of Madison County looking for new volunteers

  Two popular Mexican restaurants at the bottom of the score sheet: Your January 17th, 2020 Kitchen Cops Report

  Muscle Shoals Song Rooms open to provide creative space for songwriters

  Midwest Invitational Rodeo coming to North Alabama

  Centers seeing blood donation shortages in winter

  Restaurant giving proceeds to Billy Clardy Memorial Fund

  Dirty dishes, moldy sauce, old food in this week’s Kitchen Cops

  2020 change to Alabama car insurance law

  Sticking to workout resolutions

  Inside the inspections: A Kitchen Cops special report

  Traveling this winter? Here are a few tips to save you time and money!

  Leaking freezers and a poison problem: Your December 20th, 2019 Kitchen Cops Report