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

Thursday is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot

  Will Alabama adopt early voting?

  Colbert County to ask ADEM to enforce regulations

  Decatur buildings to become more accessible for those with disabilities

  Two new Madison County businesses at opposite ends of the Kitchen Cops spectrum

  Payton’s Pick: raccoons sneak into bank!

  Confederate monument removed from Madison County, Alabama, courthouse

  November 3 ballot will include proposed amendments to Alabama’s constitution

  Zumbathon to support breast cancer nonprofit

  Payton’s Pick: Rudolph and Santa puppets used in film to be auctioned

  Payton’s Pick: today is the 'Sweetest Day’ to serve up some treats!

  Has COVID been around longer than we think?

  Could COVID survivors be immune to getting the virus again?

  Payton’s Pick: Couple marries in hospital

  Payton’s Pick: 5-year-old battling cancer gets princess photo shoot

  Victim identified in Lauderdale county plane crash

Deadline to complete Alabama census extended to October 31

  How to get a photo ID to vote

  Payton’s Pick: 8-year-old gifted camper for hospital travels

  Kitchen Cops: Customers bugged out by local restaurants

  Madison County Jail adopts digital mail system to prevent drug mailings

  Pastors to sign document in support of racial unity

  Payton’s Pick: Dad dances outside hospital for son receiving chemo

  Salvation Army red kettles going virtual this season

  Benefit concert to support Homicide Survivors Program

  UAB infectious disease professor addresses conflicting COVID-19 info

  Three Madison County businesses warned by the Kitchen Cops

  Payton’s Pick: Calf and chicken become best friends!

  Alabama has one of highest gun suicide rates in America

  Proposed amendments to Alabama’s constitution will be on November 3 ballot