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.

Bonding company handed six-month suspension over agent seeking sex from client

Published Mar. 23 2017

A bail bonding company owner is out of business in Marion County, Tenn., until mid-August after his former agent was...

Community begins to clean up pieces from damaging Tuesday night storm [photos]

Published Mar. 23 2017

The storm lobbed tennis-ball-sized hail in the Rolling Hills area of Bradley County, carpeted yards and roads with smaller icy...

Commissioner gives Bradley County sheriff, newspaper 24 hours to apologize

Published Mar. 21 2017

A Bradley County commissioner accused by Sheriff Eric Watson of involvement in a Florida murder case called Watson a liar...

Bonding company seeks to thaw Marion County judges' freeze

Published Mar. 18 2017

The former boss of a bail agent charged with soliciting sex for writing a bond testified Friday he'd never had...

Randy Boyd officially enters Tennessee governor's race

Published Mar. 16 2017

The race for Tennessee governor in 2018 is no longer officially a solo event.

Some Tennessee health care providers worried about American Health Care Act

Published Mar. 11 2017

Some Tennessee health care providers say they don't see a good outcome from the GOP's radical surgery on Obamacare.

Health care advocates skeptical of GOP ideas for tax credits, health savings accounts

Published Mar. 5 2017

The 40 or so people grouped around tables in the Bessie Smith Cultural Center late last month were worried.

Feud erupts between Cleveland cops and Bradley jailers over arrests

Published Mar. 3 2017

The boys in blue got pretty red during a spat over arrests in Cleveland, Tenn., this week.

Citizens hold town halls -- minus their congressmen [photos]

Published Feb. 25 2017

Tennessee's congressional representatives decided against holding town hall meetings during their first recess of Congress this week, but that didn't...

Tim Gobble weighing Bradley County sheriff bid

Published Feb. 20 2017

A former Bradley County sheriff says he's weighing a challenge to the current office-holder in next year's county elections.

Corker believes Trump is evolving, learning to govern

Published Feb. 19 2017

After a storm-tossed month for the U.S. ship of state, Sen. Bob Corker hopes the nation's new captain and crew...

Judge suspends bail bonding company after bondsman arrested in sex-for-bail scheme

Published Feb. 17 2017

Judges in Marion County have suspended a bail bonding company after one of its agents was charged with seeking sexual...

Down-payment program to help local low- and middle- income people buy homes

Published Feb. 10 2017

The new program announced by Tennessee Housing Development Agency Executive Director Ralph Perrey and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will help...

Caught with his pants down: Marion County bondsman arrested in honey trap

Published Feb. 9 2017

A Marion County bail agent is looking for a bond of his own after he fell into a honey trap...

Jury finds Polk County man innocent on murder counts, guilty of reckless homicide

Published Feb. 3 2017

A jury has found a Polk County man charged with three counts of murder in a family dispute guilty of...

Chattanooga auto dealer was classmate of Supreme Court nominee

Published Feb. 3 2017

Years ago and miles away, the two were Columbia University classmates and 'budding journalists,' writing for the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Berke says alleged evidence of his plans for higher office was actually employee's homework

Published Feb. 2 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says opponent Larry Grohn is mistaking an employee's school homework for damning evidence of Berke's wider...

Camp Jordan Parkway to get overhaul

Published Feb. 1 2017

Several restaurants and a couple hundred thousand square feet of additional retail are eyed for the area around Bass Pro...

Auditors find no 'intentional breakdown' of rules in Bradley County credit card use

Published Jan. 31 2017

A pattern of misuse of Bradley County credit cards is a management problem that needs fixing, but state auditors told...

East Ridge/I-75 improvements: Highway access work to kick off in three months

Published Jan. 23 2017

Orange construction barrels will be popping up soon at the East Ridge exit on Interstate 75 for a project local...