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.

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....

Chattanooga area residents, politicians, activists reflect on Trump's start

Published Apr. 29 2017

In Chattanooga, how well President Donald Trump has performed in his first 30 days depends on whom you ask.

Jail refusals set to end after parade of problems [video]

Published Apr. 23 2017

The ongoing booking brouhaha between the Bradley County Sheriff's Office and Cleveland Police Department became urgent when somebody died.

Mark Green opponents using September speech in Chattanooga against him

Published Apr. 15 2017

A Slate magazine columnist has seized on Tennessee Sen. Mark Green's appearance at the Chattanooga Tea Party last year to...

Tennessee's Republican U.S. lawmakers skipping town halls, again

Published Apr. 15 2017

Tennessee's Republican U.S. lawmakers again are skipping town halls organized by liberal groups after elected officials didn't set up their...

Pikeville store owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

Published Apr. 12 2017

The owner of Duke's Country Store in Pikeville, Tenn., has pleaded guilty to tax evasion for failing to remit sales...

Man involved in creation of some of area's most beloved amenities setting roots in new location

Published Apr. 10 2017

As head of the Trust for Public Land in Chattanooga, Rick Wood planted and nurtured the seeds that grew into...

Interstate fire could happen here - but not easily

Published Apr. 1 2017

The inferno that collapsed the Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta not only could happen in Tennessee, it already has.

Polk home, Shiloh bills pass Senate committee

Published Mar. 30 2017

Legislation to expand Shiloh National Military Park and to place former President James K. Polk's home in the national park...

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...