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.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke sets new goals for 'city of creators'

Published Apr. 20 2018

Chattanooga has a great quality of life, a thriving economy and enviable rates of job creation, but not for everyone,...

Hamilton County Commission hopes pay raise will lure new magistrate candidates

Published Apr. 19 2018

Hamilton County Chief Magistrate Randy Russell came to the county commission with a simple request Wednesday.

Bradley County Sheriff's Office 2017 manhunt sparks $5 million-plus lawsuit

Published Apr. 18 2018

A Georgia motorist has settled a claim against the Bradley County Sheriff's Office in a 2017 incident in which Sheriff...

Neighbors claim mosquito plague hatched at Chattanooga tire business

Published Apr. 18 2018

For the third time in recent weeks, people asked the Chattanooga City Council what can be done about a massive...

Bail agent: Sheriff's wife has unfair advantage [audio]

Published Apr. 15 2018

When Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's wife became a bail bonding agent in February 2016, other bondsmen worried she'd have...

Bradley County man files complaint after deputy cuffs him for filming [videos]

Published Apr. 11 2018

A complaint by a Bradley County, Tenn., resident that a deputy seized his phone and handcuffed him for filming at...

Chattanooga City Council OKs South Broad Street plan, Tubman site grant

Published Apr. 11 2018

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday approved two measures one of which will help redevelopment on the city's Southside.

Hamilton County early voting starts April 11: What you need to know

Published Apr. 10 2018

Early voting starts Wednesday for Hamilton County primary elections and voters will see contests in three countywide races — for...

Bradley County Jail has no clear records of inmate sign-outs

Published Apr. 8 2018

When Sheriff Eric Watson took nine felons to church in May 2017, they essentially disappeared without a trace from the...

Local residents remember legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Published Apr. 5 2018

A crowd gathered in front of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Wednesday evening to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s...

Hamilton County Commission agrees to post agendas for public

Published Apr. 5 2018

Acting on a request from their chairman, Hamilton County commissioners agreed Wednesday morning to start posting the commission's agendas on...

Hamilton County commissioners remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Published Apr. 4 2018

Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey spoke from the dais at Wednesday's meeting about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy on the...


Chattanooga City Council approves new panhandling rules

Published Apr. 3 2018

After straightening out a misunderstanding with local street musicians, it took Chattanooga City Council members only moments Tuesday to approve...

Panhandling rule coming up Tuesday in Chattanooga City Council

Published Apr. 2 2018

After months of work and weeks of public input, a controversial ordinance regulating panhandling is set for first reading Tuesday...

East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert files complaint against county commissioner

Published Mar. 29 2018

A complaint filed by the challenger in the District 8 Hamilton County Commission race has been turned over to the...

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond to talk to board about improving school security

Published Mar. 22 2018

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond is scheduled to speak with members of the Hamilton County Board of Education today as...

Tennessee attorney general, prosecutors clash over local opioid lawsuits

Published Mar. 21 2018

The Tennessee attorney general says lawsuits by local prosecutors over the opioid epidemic are complicating his efforts to reach a...

Chattanooga City Council gets first peek at panhandling revision

Published Mar. 21 2018

Chattanooga City Council members, getting their first glimpse Tuesday of a proposed citywide ordinance regulating panhandling, also got a look...

8th District dispute: Lambert defends campaign contributions from developers; Boyd says they 'stink'

Published Mar. 21 2018

As candidate questions go, the last one was a doozy.

New front opens in battle against homelessness in Chattanooga [photos]

Published Mar. 20 2018

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said Monday the city is taking a "tremendous step forward" by forming a new interagency council...