Alison Payne, longtime TV news reporter for WGN in Chicago, died on September 1 at the age of 57, WGN mentioned.
The Detroit native joined WGN in 1990 at the age of 25 and quickly established herself in the big stories. She traveled to Kenya to trace the family roots of Senator Barack Obama and joined Reverend Jesse Jackson on a trip to Ivory Coast.
During her 21 years at WGN, she has won nine Emmys Awards and co-presented the prime-time newscast as well as a midday news programme.
She has also suffered from a series of health issues over the years, getting 2008 medical leave After a series of small strokes, as well as depressive episodes. “Going out of the house was brutal, I couldn’t get out of bed,” Payne said. Chicago Tribune.
Payne separated from WGN in September 2011 to return to Detroit.
Salute quickly flowed over Pine. Alison was a kind and gentle woman. A great announcer has a great smile. She has had a lot of health issues in the past several years,” Roland S. Martin books. “It’s gone soon.”
WGN Producer Vicki Bafteri chirp: “I’m heartbroken. Allison Payne was my TV godmother, mentor, and beloved friend. I wish I could save her like she was protecting me when I first started this crazy career. She was so smart, beautiful, generous.”
Afua S. Oso, Executive Producer on CW26’s The Jam, remember Watching Payne’ a little black girl who lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois. My parents moved my bedtime to 9:30 p.m. so I could watch the evening news Tweet embed And Steve Sanders… A decade later, I started working at WGN. Tweet embed She took me under her wing. She was a kind, generous and incredibly talented journalist. Alison Payne understood the importance of raising the bar for others so that they, too, could have a chance to shine.”