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.

Bradley jail much improved in latest inspection

Published Nov. 11 2017

The latest state inspection of the Bradley County Jail shows a host of problems from last year have been resolved...

Hamilton County commissioners praise $100 million-plus schools plan

Published Nov. 9 2017

There were congratulations all around — as well as a couple of shots taken — when county schools Superintendent Bryan...

Schools plan presented to county commission

Published Nov. 8 2017

Hamilton County commissioners who voted 8-1 in September to hike property taxes got a close-up look Wednesday at what the...


Public weighs in on added protections for South Chickamauga Creek

Published Nov. 7 2017

As the Chattanooga City Council prepares for a vote on weakening pollution protections for South Chickamauga Creek, members of the...

The drill instructor: Marine saw three wars

Published Nov. 3 2017

Haskell "Hank" Clark has a room full of Marine Corps memorabilia, but the one that means the most to him...

The oldest vet: Rossville man in WWII to the end

Published Nov. 3 2017

Floyd Brown spent a lot of his wartime in an Army jeep, but that didn't mean he had it easy.

Study: Residents like Chattanooga but want better roads, fewer traffic headaches

Published Nov. 2 2017

Chattanoogans overall are pretty happy with their town except for speeders and rough roads, according to the 2017 annual Community...

Corker support shrinks in MTSU poll

Published Oct. 27 2017

A new poll shows Sen. Bob Corker's ongoing feud with President Donald Trump isn't going over well in his home...

Harrison doctor-in-training helping in Puerto Rico

Published Oct. 26 2017

Amid the crushed buildings and smashed lives that Hurricane Maria left in Puerto Rico, a Hamilton County doctor-in-training is working...

Bright spots amid gloomy schools report

Published Oct. 21 2017

Despite test results released Thursday showing Hamilton County students mostly lagging state averages in English, math and history, there were...

U.S. Rep. DesJarlais announces re-election bid

Published Oct. 17 2017

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Tuesday formally announced he is seeking re-election to a fifth term as Tennessee's 4th District...

Local reaction to Boy Scouts' decision to welcome girls mirrors national response

Published Oct. 16 2017

Thomas Nelson, of Athens, Tenn., is in a perfect position to talk about the Boy Scouts of America's decision to...

Commissioners clash over lawyer's bill for representing Bradley County Sheriff's Office

Published Oct. 3 2017

Some Bradley County commissioners clashed Monday over a local attorney's $2,675 bill for representing the Bradley County Sheriff's Office during...

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson now faces 12 new felony counts

Published Sep. 20 2017

A Bradley County, Tenn., grand jury indicted Sheriff Eric Watson on 12 new felony charges Wednesday, as two state agencies...

Bradley commissioner questions deputies' private security work in storm-hit states [video]

Published Sep. 19 2017

Monster Hurricane Irma dropped some fast cash on some Bradley County deputies for pulling guard duty at Target and Walmart...

Wacker staying closed until blast cause found, fixed

Published Sep. 8 2017

A Wacker Polysilicon official said Friday the chemical explosion that sent a cloud of hydrochloric acid into the air and...

Explosion at Wacker is second incident within eight days [video]

Published Sep. 7 2017

An explosion at the Wacker Polysilicon plant closed down nearby roadways for several hours and worried residents in Bradley County...

Bradley County schools closed Friday, eight people treated after Wacker explosion

Published Sep. 7 2017

All Bradley County schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8 as a precautionary measure.

Commissioners satisfied state can dive deep into Bradley County Sheriff's Office finances

Published Sep. 6 2017

Bradley County commissioners looking for someone to do a deep dive into the sheriff's office's finances seemed satisfied Tuesday that...

Manhunt subject says he's being billed $11,000 for Bradley K-9 bite

Published Aug. 27 2017

In a video visitation room at the Polk County Jail, Gary Lee Lipps Jr. pulled up his orange jail jumpsuit...