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 residence on September 1, in response to a WGN press release.
Starting her Chicago anchoring profession at simply 25 years previous, 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 companion than Allison Payne. She had all of it … sensible, lovely and inquisitive, however most of all, my pal,” mentioned her former co-anchor, Steve Sanders.
A Detroit native, Payne known as the Windy Metropolis residence for a few years and performed an energetic function in the neighborhood, WGN experiences, who additionally described her as a mentor. She additionally established a basis for journalism college students.
“Whereas so many journalists fear concerning the listing of questions they wish to ask, she taught me crucial a part of an interview is the listening,” mentioned WGN-TV producer Tyra Martin, in response to the information station. “That even should you do not ask the appropriate questions, should you hear nicely sufficient, the story will reveal itself.”
It isn’t clear right now how Allison Payne died. She returned to her native Detroit in September 2011.