Former WGN-TV anchor Allison Payne has reportedly handed away. She was 57.
A 21-year veteran of the Chicago information station, Payne died in her house on September 1, in keeping with a WGN press release.
Starting her Chicago anchoring profession at simply 25 years outdated, Payne coated a variety of tales each domestically and worldwide, together with tracing former President Barack Obama’s Kenyan roots and touring with Rev. Jesse Jackson to the Ivory Coast.
“I could not have requested for a greater accomplice than Allison Payne. She had all of it … good, lovely and inquisitive, however most of all, my good friend,” mentioned her former co-anchor, Steve Sanders.
A Detroit native, Payne known as the Windy Metropolis house for a few years and performed an energetic position locally, WGN stories, who additionally described her as a mentor. She additionally established a basis for journalism college students.
“Whereas so many journalists fear concerning the checklist of questions they need to ask, she taught me an important a part of an interview is the listening,” mentioned WGN-TV producer Tyra Martin, in keeping with the information station. “That even for those who do not ask the precise questions, for those who pay attention effectively sufficient, the story will reveal itself.”
It isn’t clear presently how Allison Payne died. She returned to her native Detroit in September 2011.