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 City Council looks for metrics in budget talks

Published May. 23 2018

Chattanooga City Council members on their first day of budget presentations for the upcoming year made it clear they're interested...

Groups say city trying to sneak in water quality fee hike [documents]

Published May. 20 2018

The building industry and environmental groups say they've been blindsided by a proposal to sharply hike water quality and development...

Local bar gives Corker its Liberty Bell Award

Published May. 18 2018

The Chattanooga Bar Association surprised retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker this morning by presenting him its Liberty Bell Award.


Mackey: Hamilton County commissioners look 'weak and confused' over travel, magistrates

Published May. 17 2018

Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey says he's embarrassed and his colleagues looked "weak and confused" after two commission initiatives went...

Court officials back full-time magistrates for Hamilton County Jail

Published May. 16 2018

A bevy of local court officials told Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday it would be a bad idea to change...

School resource officers, ambulance station proposed in Hamilton County budget [documents]

Published May. 16 2018

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he wants to do more for public safety and roads, along with building two...

Chattanooga budget boosts families, infrastructure

Published May. 16 2018

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday got its first look at a proposed budget that boosts families and neighborhoods with...

Commissioners tussle over travel allowance [document]

Published May. 12 2018

Hamilton County commissioners are squabbling over a request to double their travel allowance, to $25,000, in the fiscal 2019 budget.

Hamilton County commissioners tussle over travel

Published May. 11 2018

Hamilton County commissioners are squabbling over a plan to double their travel allowance, from $12,500 a year to $25,000.

Hamilton County Jail mental health program seeks big grant

Published May. 10 2018

A developing program to get people with addiction and mental health problems out of the Hamilton County Jail and into...

Schools budget gets friendly welcome from Hamilton County Commission [video, document]

Published May. 9 2018

Hamilton County commissioners were warm and welcoming Tuesday as schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson presented a budget that includes 2.5 percent...

Sen. Corker: 'Tribal' politics over President Trump polarizing Congress

Published May. 8 2018

"Tribal" politics over President Donald Trump threatens to polarize Congress to the point that it can't solve the nation's problems,...

School safety, jail crowding addressed in county budget

Published May. 6 2018

Nine school resource officers and an ambulance station for the Ooltewah-Georgetown Road area are among the public safety investments proposed...

Lookout Mountain community is down to earth

Published May. 4 2018

Ask Lookout Mountain leaders what the best thing about their community is and the first word you're likely to hear...

Bradley County, Tenn., sheriff-elect moving to create transition team

Published May. 3 2018

Still aglow with his election win in Tuesday's Bradley County sheriff race, sheriff-elect Steve Lawson on Wednesday was already thinking...

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck praised for service; Tim Boyd thankful for win

Published May. 3 2018

One Hamilton County commissioner was grieving a loss, another celebrating a save on the morning after the county party primary...

Bonding agent claims retaliation over whistle-blowing [document]

Published Apr. 28 2018

An attorney has filed a complaint with Bradley County's district attorney and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation claiming the sheriff's...

Hamilton County Commission seeks new magistrate candidates

Published Apr. 26 2018

Dangling a hefty pay raise as an incentive, Hamilton County commissioners are ready to take applications for two judicial commissioner...

Chattanooga City Council moves to bar rental apartments at former golf course

Published Apr. 25 2018

Faced with a roomful of upset homeowners Tuesday night, Chattanooga City Council members voted to make sure a developer won't...

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,...