Judy Walton (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6416
E-mail: JWalton@timesfreepress.com
Judy Walton has been a reporter and editor at the Times Free Press and its predecessor, The Chattanooga Times, since 1987. As a reporter, Walton focused on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 1984 and worked at two Kentucky newspapers before moving to Chattanooga in 1987. Her investigative pieces include allegations of medical malpractice at Chattanooga's Veterans Affairs clinic — stories that led to a federal investigation and a series of reforms. She was the first to report on massive ground and water pollution at the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Depot (now the VW assembly plant); during the first year of her stories on the quality and timetable for repairing the damage, federal government funding for cleanup tripled. More recently, she and colleague Cliff Hightower reported on financial irregularities at the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, which led Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments to withdraw funding for the organization.

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd behind Bookworm for child literacy

Published Jun. 22 2018

The two little girls had to pull way down on the microphone at the lectern in the Hamilton County Commission...

Robin Smith to seek District 26 seat

Published Jun. 20 2018

Robin Smith, a longtime Republican activist and former chairman of the county and state Republican Party, said Wednesday she will...

Hamilton County commissioners pay tribute to Claude Ramsey

Published Jun. 20 2018

Only two sitting members of the Hamilton County Commission served for any length of time under County Mayor Claude Ramsey,...


Public calls for freeze on water fees

Published Jun. 20 2018

Public input on a planned hike in water quality fees Tuesday night focused a good bit on the "input" part.

District 26: With early voting starting July 13, GOP hopefuls get ready to sprint

Published Jun. 19 2018

This time, the House District 26 Republican campaign is going to be a real race.

Enterprise South rail network a victim of the park's success

Published Jun. 18 2018

There's a problem at Enterprise South, but it's a good problem: There's so much freight hauling going on that the...

Middle Valley youngsters take literacy prize for fifth year in a row

Published Jun. 14 2018

For the fifth year in a row, pupils at Middle Valley Elementary School are reading winners.

City douses Walnut Street Bridge lights for now

Published Jun. 12 2018

The city has flipped the breaker on a $4 million lighting proposal for the historic Walnut Street Bridge.

Woodmore bus crash driver's sentence upheld

Published Jun. 12 2018

Johnthony Walker won't get a shorter sentence for his convictions in the Woodmore bus crash that killed six elementary school...

North Carolina teacher charged in sex with student

Published Jun. 10 2018

Three people have been indicted by a grand jury in Cherokee County, North Carolina, in separate cases charging them with...

Hamilton County commissioners receive proposed county budget

Published Jun. 6 2018

Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday were generally friendly when County Mayor Jim Coppinger formally presented them with the proposed 2019...

A bridge too far: Chattanooga City Council wary of Walnut Street Bridge lighting plan

Published Jun. 5 2018

A fancy, $4 million lighting project downtown may be a bridge too far for Chattanooga City Council members, who abruptly...

City plans to run VRI social services programs

Published Jun. 3 2018

After six months without a social services contract for its anti-gang efforts, the city of Chattanooga is thinking about doing...

Hamilton County sheriff: School resource officers needed, but timing is tough

Published May. 31 2018

A Hamilton County commissioner pleaded on Wednesday with law enforcement to stretch the budget as far as it takes to...

Hamilton County Commission chooses 2 new magistrates over incumbents

Published May. 30 2018

Hamilton County commissioners voted Wednesday to hire two new judicial commissioners rather than rehire the long-serving chief magistrate and another...

Chattanooga City Council looking at food truck rules

Published May. 30 2018

Chattanooga City Council members coming up with regulations for food trucks tinkered with the recipe a bit Tuesday.

Bradley County officers disciplined for snatching phone from man filming video

Published May. 28 2018

A man who was cuffed, cussed and curtailed from recording a Bradley County Sheriff's Office traffic stop in April said...

Staffing shortage puts Bradley County Jail on lockdown

Published May. 25 2018

Inmates in the Bradley County Jail are on lockdown and jail ministry programs have been shut down because there are...

New program helps minorities qualify as city vendors

Published May. 25 2018

Three women entrepreneurs were introduced Thursday as the first to complete a new program helping women- and minority-owned businesses gain...

Ten magistrate hopefuls make their pitches to Hamilton County Commission

Published May. 24 2018

Ten candidates for two judicial commissioner positions made their pitches Wednesday to Hamilton County commissioners.