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.

Bradley County commissioner blasts local paper as 'PR outlet for the sheriff's department'

Published Jun. 21 2017

The Bradley County commissioner who has long been at odds with the sheriff's department on Monday tore into a reporter...

Bradley County commissioner lashes out at lack of progress on nursing home

Published Jun. 20 2017

Since strong local commitment over the years hasn't been enough to get a long-planned veterans nursing home built in Bradley...

Chattanooga remains most churched city in U.S.

Published Jun. 18 2017

Chattanooga has notched another loop in its reputation as the buckle of the Bible Belt: most churchgoing city in the...


Dog flu hitting southern states hard

Published Jun. 17 2017

On Tuesday, some vets in the region will be offering discount vaccinations against the H3N2 strain of canine influenza.

Maintenance director resigns, says Bradley County Jail will fail inspection

Published Jun. 14 2017

After six months of trying to make the Bradley County Jail ready to pass its next state inspection, the man...

These are the projects local governments would do if they had the money

Published Jun. 11 2017

It's the mother of all wish lists — the schools, roads, fire halls and parks local and state officials across...

Samaritan says helping homeless man got him threatened, banned by Bradley County hospital [video]

Published Jun. 9 2017

A Cleveland, Tenn., man says he was threatened with arrest and banned for life from Tennova Healthcare after he sought...

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke: I'm committed to Paris climate pact goals

Published Jun. 2 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said Friday he stands with his fellow mayors nationwide in support of the Paris Climate Accord.

Local leaders get peek at GOP tax plan

Published May. 27 2017

The top lawmaker in one of Congress' most powerful committees visited Chattanooga on Friday to talk to local business leaders...

Three Chattanooga programs honored for sustainable transportation [photos]

Published May. 27 2017

Three Chattanooga programs have been named winners of 2017 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Awards.

TN unready: Test scores left off local report cards again

Published May. 26 2017

For the second year in a row, report cards for Hamilton County students — and many others statewide — won't...

Bob Corker calls for openness in health reform process

Published May. 25 2017

Sen. Bob Corker's criticism this week of how the Senate is working on health care reform is making the rounds...

Police searching for man who robbed Lee Highway store at gunpoint [video]

Published May. 20 2017

Chattanooga police are looking for a man who robbed a store clerk at gunpoint Saturday afternoon.

Deputy pens letter condemning Bradley County Sheriff Watson [video]

Published May. 15 2017

Bradley County, Tenn., commissioners on Monday heard new accusations of dishonesty, mismanagement and retaliation against Sheriff Eric Watson.

Erlanger in talks to take over North Carolina hospital

Published May. 15 2017

With a growing presence in Southeast Tennessee, Erlanger Health Systems also is looking at expanding into North Carolina.

New agent to be assigned in probe of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson

Published May. 15 2017

The TBI says a new agent will take over the investigation into Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann lobbies for independent FBI head

Published May. 12 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann says whoever President Donald Trump chooses as the next FBI director needs to be "independent, competent,"...

Polk County hospital shuts down beds, sets up GoFundMe

Published May. 10 2017

The Copper Basin Medical Center in Polk County, Tenn., has shut down its inpatient services, laid off nurses and is...

Trump's salary may be donated to Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park [photos]

Published May. 8 2017

The president may have a present for the Chickamauga battlefield: about $78,000 out of his own pocket for preservation work...

Chuck Fleischmann banks $275,000 in quarter

Published May. 1 2017

After raising more than $275,000 in the first quarter of 2017, and with nearly $800,000 in the bank, U.S. Rep....