Allison Payne, who anchored newscasts on WGN-Channel 9 from 1990 to 2011, died September 1 in her hometown of Detroit, the Nexstar Media station reported Friday. She was 57.
Former WGN anchor Allison Payne was a fixture on Chicago TV sets for more than 20 years.
The Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter officially left the station early in the summer.
Though, she’d already been absent for awhile—sidelined by health problems. Payne had many memorable moments on the airwaves, including in 2010 when she revealed her battles with addiction.
She recently opened up about this, and her broadcasting career, to Eight Forty-Eight’s Alison Cuddy.
The Detroit native joined WGN in 1990 at age 25 and quickly established herself in the big stories.
During her 21 years at WGN, she won nine Emmys and co-published prime-time news as well as a midday news program.
Payne covered numerous top stories across the globe, including “tracing former President Barack Obama’s roots in Kenya and traveling to the Ivory Coast alongside the Rev. Jesse Jackson.”
She traveled to Kenya to trace Senator Barack Obama’s family roots and joined Reverend Jesse Jackson on a trip to Côte d’Ivoire.
During her 21 year tenure at WGN, she won nine Emmys, co-anchored both the station’s primetime newscast and the midday news show.
She will be missed greatly.