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 Sheriff's Office forensic audit still on the table, but some residents call for end to 'witch hunt'

Published Aug. 15 2017

A financial fraud expert gave Bradley County commissioners a simple analogy Monday to explain the difference between the county's regular...

Trial date set for Bradley County sheriff

Published Aug. 10 2017

A Nov. 27 trial date has been set for Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on six felony counts of holding...

Plan to lease office space in Bradley County workhouse under fire with surprise bid

Published Aug. 9 2017

A proposal to lease office space in the new Bradley County workhouse ran into a snag Monday night when a...


Bradley County commissioners discuss forensic audit of sheriff's office

Published Aug. 8 2017

The recent indictment of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on six felony counts, atop multiple allegations of misspent or missing...

Bradley County sheriff goes on two-state manhunt for wife's bail skip [video]

Published Jul. 30 2017

The episode lends weight to complaints from the Bradley County bail bonding community of a thumb on the scales in...

DeKalb deputy, K-9 officer involved in accident after hitting bull

Published Jul. 28 2017

A bull on the highway proved disastrous for a DeKalb County, Ala., deputy late Thursday night.

Eric Watson was booked into his own jail, posted bond on six felony counts and then went back to work

Published Jul. 21 2017

Sheriff Eric Watson arrived at the Bradley County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning, was booked into his own jail and...

Grand jury hears evidence against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson

Published Jul. 19 2017

Evidence in the year-long investigation of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson was presented to a grand jury Wednesday, the spokesman...

Signal Mountain man and friend killed in Texas jet-ski crash

Published Jul. 16 2017

A 22-year-old Signal Mountain man died in a jet-ski crash Saturday outside of Fort Worth, Texas, a local newspaper reported.

Tennessee hospitals, health care advocates oppose new Senate health bill

Published Jul. 14 2017

The Tennessee Hospital Association and the patient advocate group Alliance for Healthcare Security say the latest version of the Senate...

Think it's hot now? Remember 2016

Published Jul. 13 2017

Now this is what a Southern summer should feel like.

Number of black homeowners in Chattanooga falling

Published Jul. 9 2017

The head of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise sees issues with foreclosure and damaged credit from the Great Recession behind an 18.1...


Wet weekend, hot week coming up in Chattanooga area

Published Jul. 1 2017

Any holiday-weekend fireworks shows set for tonight may fizzle rather than pop, as the cloudy skies and scattered showers that...

Bradley County officials: More cells aren't the answer

Published Jun. 29 2017

In Bradley County, where officials are sweating the next state inspection of the county jail, a recent discussion focused on...

Chattanooga's Boynton Terrace gets its first major renovation since opening in 1971 [photos]

Published Jun. 29 2017

Folks living in building 951 of the Chattanooga Housing Authority's Boynton Terrace apartments are looking forward to moving day.

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...