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

  Take part in your favorite Christmas movies at Gaylord Opryland

  Enjoy a winter wonderland at Gaylord Opryland’s Pinetop

  Experience alluring holiday decor at Gaylord Opryland Hotel

  Outstanding holiday dining experience at Gaylord Opryland

  Enjoy a holiday getaway at Gaylord Opryland

  Huntsville Hospital celebrates 125th anniversary

  Christmas tree sale to benefit community

  A focus on teens during National Adoption Month

  American Red Cross hosts virtual open house

  Coats and Cans Drive to benefit children in North Alabama

  Trash Pandas to kick off ‘Christmas Spectacular’ on Friday

  NHBA offering a business free rent for one year

  North Huntsville Business Association opens new office

  Trash Pandas selling undated tickets for upcoming season

  Trash Pandas aim to set Guinness World Record for largest food drive

  Sheriff’s Office adding offsite video visitation for Madison County Jail

  Crews to put up Tinsel Trail this week

  Could Madison County be turning more blue?

  New data shows increase in pediatric COVID cases

  Will Election Day lines impact COVID-19 numbers in Alabama?

  COVID precautions to expect at the polls

  Decatur City Council to be sworn in Monday

  No delay expected in Alabama election results

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