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

  Weddings postponed due to COVID-19

  Local engineer and famous YouTuber shows how to 3D print face shields

  Nursing homes work to cheer seniors during COVID-19 lockdown

  Buy a t-shirt, help a business

  Home security system sales increase during COVID-19 pandemic

  Addiction on the rise during quarantine

  HudsonAlpha offering educational videos on COVID-19

  HudsonAlpha working to develop treatment for COVID-19

  Non-emergency dentist visits postponed for 3 weeks

  Chiropractors work to protect patients from COVID-19

  Understanding the seriousness of coronavirus

  Reducing family tensions during quarantine

  Kitchen Cops: Nobody’s home at the meat market & a spicy score at Popeye’s

  Huntsville Museum of Art celebrating 50th anniversary

  High school students attend “Adult Camp”

  Calhoun Community College hosts mass casualty reenactment to train health students

  50th Bassmaster Classic launches Friday

  HudsonAlpha to host Women in STEM event

  Search for three missing boaters on Pickwick Lake transitions to recovery

  Come one, come all! The Venardos Circus is in town!

  Mardi Gras celebration happening this weekend in Rocket City!

  Kitchen Cops: Marshall Co. restaurant shuts down after abysmal score

  The life and legacy of William Hooper Councill

  HudsonAlpha to grow cotton in space

  “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