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.

Local organizations say lodging tax could help promote city's arts, culture [photos]

Published Feb. 25 2018

With a new president taking over at the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, some leaders at local arts and cultural...

Checking out jobs: Chattanooga Public Library resources could aid vocational training

Published Feb. 23 2018

Sitting hunched over a square table scattered with tools and drawings in a cavernous room, Malcolm Robinson focuses intently on...

Chattanooga City Council approves tax plan to fund M.L. King extension

Published Feb. 21 2018

Satisfied at last that tax money won't pay for private development at upscale Cameron Harbor, Chattanooga City Council members on...

Plan aims to add South Broad Street area to downtown Chattanooga's revival

Published Feb. 20 2018

A new baseball stadium for the Lookouts and a new stadium and track for Howard High School, combined with new...

State bill could affect city rules on Airbnb

Published Feb. 18 2018

Chattanooga officials and Hamilton County's two state senators are watching a bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that would short-circuit...

Hamilton County commissioners debate pay increase for magistrate judges

Published Feb. 15 2018

A big pay increase proposed for Hamilton County's four magistrate judges sparked a lively discussion among county commissioners Wednesday.

Architects chosen for Hamilton County Schools' building projects

Published Feb. 14 2018

Architects have been chosen to build and update seven public schools in Hamilton County, including Harrison Elementary, East Hamilton Middle,...

Chattanooga City Council briefed on revised M.L. King extension plan

Published Feb. 13 2018

After another round of questions Tuesday, the Chattanooga City Council appears to be closer to going forward with extending M.L....

M.L. King extension tax break moves ahead as critics question last-minute changes

Published Feb. 12 2018

A proposed property tax break for a developer to extend M.L. King Boulevard moved ahead a step Monday.

Group agrees that Chattanooga's anti-gang program needs changes, more money

Published Feb. 9 2018

It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a bank account.

Chattanooga glass recycling survey winding down

Published Feb. 9 2018

Today is the last day for Chattanoogans to weigh in on what to do about glass in curbside recycling.

Chattanooga stepping up its efforts to house the homeless

Published Feb. 7 2018

Building on lessons learned from its push to end veteran homelessness, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's administration is stepping up with...


Looking for VRI solutions: Council, mayor weigh options for social services program

Published Feb. 4 2018

Chattanooga's mayor and city council are looking for a way forward after the impasse over the Violence Reduction Initiative social...

Tim Boyd has challenger for commission seat

Published Feb. 1 2018

Tim Boyd, who holds the District 8 seat on the Hamilton County Commission, faces a challenge in the May 1...

Next Hamilton County back-tax sale may be held online

Published Feb. 1 2018

Hamilton County has had good luck selling old vehicles and surplus equipment online, and now it's looking at conducting its...

Chattanooga City Council has more questions on Cameron Harbor tax break plan

Published Jan. 30 2018

Chattanooga officials on Tuesday unveiled a plan to get a property tax break for Cameron Harbor's developer voted in by...

Statewide women's conference coming to Chattanooga in February

Published Jan. 30 2018

If women are suffering or being held back in Tennessee, then it's up to Tennessee women to do something about...

Fleischmann has $1 million to campaign on

Published Jan. 26 2018

Starting his 2018 re-election campaign with $1 million in cash on hand gives U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a certain sense...

Violence Reduction Initiative call-in scrapped over contract kerfuffle

Published Jan. 26 2018

The ripples from the Chattanooga City Council's refusal to vote on Mayor Andy Berke's chosen Violence Reduction Initiative social services...

Chattanooga City Council rejects Violence Reduction Initiative youth plan

Published Jan. 24 2018

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday killed a plan to refocus Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative on mentoring and services for...