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.

Passenger Street offer causes confusion in Chattanooga City Council

Published Jan. 18 2018

A perception that the city was going to build a road for a private developer on property near the Chattanooga...

UPDATE: Polk County township criticized in special audit

Published Jan. 17 2018

State investigators say spending by the chairman of the Fourth Fractional Township in Polk County, Tenn., on sports programs at...

Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative aims to add youth services

Published Jan. 17 2018

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from...


Chattanooga regional coalition gets extra $38,367 to combat homelessness

Published Jan. 15 2018

The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition got some good news last week: $38,367 more than it asked for in funding from...

Prosecutor drops title fraud charges against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson [documents]

Published Jan. 11 2018

A special prosecutor has dismissed all 12 felony counts against Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Eric Watson, who was due to...

Chattanooga City Council looks to help small businesses

Published Jan. 10 2018

Two new initiatives by Chattanooga city government are aimed at helping small and minority-owned businesses grow and thrive.

Development board tables M.L. King Boulevard extension to check laws

Published Jan. 8 2018

A city-backed plan to utilize $4 million in tax money to build a road and subsidize housing at the privately...

City's downtown Cameron Harbor financing deal challenged [documents, photos]

Published Jan. 7 2018

On Monday, Chattanoogans will get their first — and perhaps only — opportunity to weigh in on a plan to...

Local leaders present legislative wish list to Hamilton County delegation

Published Jan. 5 2018

Local elected leaders are looking to Hamilton County's legislative delegation for action this year on a raft of law and...

Bradley County criminal investigations chief resigns to run against Sheriff Eric Watson [documents]

Published Jan. 3 2018

Saying he "can no longer respect or believe the person I work for," the captain over the Criminal Investigations Division...

Chattanooga area Airbnb hosts are cashing in on room rentals

Published Dec. 29 2017

Chattanoogans and their neighbors are making a bundle on bed space.

Residents rush to Hamilton County Trustee's Office to pay property taxes

Published Dec. 28 2017

Most folks like to wait as late as possible to write their property tax checks.


Farewell, Junebug: Chattanooga's celebrity carriage horse dies at 32

Published Dec. 27 2017

Junebug was a star at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Budget increase paying to resurface 35 Chattanooga neighborhood streets

Published Dec. 26 2017

When spring comes in Chattanooga, so will the paving crews.

Judge won't dismiss Bradley County sheriff's charges [document]

Published Dec. 21 2017

A judge has turned down a request to dismiss 12 felony charges against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson, and Watson's...

Chattanooga Food Bank program that feeds hungry children runs out of money

Published Dec. 20 2017

A program that feeds more than 1,700 hungry children on weekends in Hamilton and seven other area counties has run...

Chattanooga Police Department to switch camera vendors, save money

Published Dec. 20 2017

The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday to stretch its dollars by switching vendors for in-car cameras in the police department.

Annexation lets conservancy move ahead with homes off Old Wauhatchie Pike

Published Dec. 18 2017

A plan to create a conservation-themed neighborhood on the site of the former Scholze family estate off Old Wauhatchie Pike...

Bradley County clerk seeks dismissal of marriage-license lawsuit

Published Dec. 14 2017

A lawsuit that claims the U.S. Supreme Court's recognition of same-sex marriage invalidated Tennessee's marriage license law might go to...

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's charges hang on judge's ruling

Published Dec. 13 2017

A judge said Wednesday he will decide within a few days whether Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson walks free or...