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

  Help Morgan County students by stuffing the bus with school supplies

  Jackson County Schools starting back today

  Huntsville doctor discusses COVID-19’s possible impacts on the brain

  In-person or mail-in? The debate on how to vote

  Study shows COVID-19 could impact heart

  Madison City Schools distributing Chromebooks, hot spots to students

  HSV City Council agenda includes update on HPD policy

  North Alabama creek added to state’s fish advisory list due to PFOS

  Worried about COVID exposure? Leaving child in car is not an option!

  Cleaning professionals work to fight COVID-19

  Madison Cross Roads Elementary to provide all needed school supplies for students

  State Superintendent Mackey to submit revised school plan

  School supplies to buy this tax-free weekend

  Experiment shows how mask can prevent bacteria spread

  Madison County graduation ceremonies happening this week

  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