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.

Sandy the Flower Man's friends mourn his passing

Published Jan. 28 2019

Oterius Bell didn't have a powerful position or a fat wallet.

$48 million storage tank contract up for Chattanooga City Council vote

Published Jan. 28 2019

The biggest single spending item yet in Chattanooga's ongoing sewage treatment cleanup is coming up for a vote in the...

Lamar Alexander votes with Democrats while Marsha Blackburn votes with GOP on shutdown bill

Published Jan. 24 2019

The Washington Post reported that Tennessee's senior U.S. senator, Lamar Alexander, broke ranks with Republicans and voted for the Democratic...

With CARTA looking to change its bus system, here's how the Chattanooga City Council can help

Published Jan. 23 2019

The way Chattanooga grows affects how its citizens get around.

Cleanup of abandoned mill in Lupton City could begin in April, Chattanooga official says

Published Jan. 22 2019

More than two years after Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and City Councilman Jerry Mitchell stood on the site of the...

Chattanooga City Council blasts police department, raises concerns over police brutality

Published Jan. 22 2019

Responding to last week's video of a Chattanooga officer punching and cursing a compliant man during a traffic stop, city...

Next steps uncertain in Hamilton County sewer controversy after attorney issues gag order

Published Jan. 17 2019

The sewage plant standoff between the county's wastewater treatment authority and Hamilton County commissioners has pretty much all involved scratching...

Hamilton County Commission OKs tax break for Patten Towers renovation

Published Jan. 16 2019

Hamilton County commissioners voted to approve a 25-year tax break for renovation of the Patten Towers low-income housing site and...

Chattanooga City Council goes big on Harriet Tubman zoning

Published Jan. 15 2019

Despite pleas from some local residents for restrictions and delays, Chattanooga City Council members on Tuesday approved the broadest industrial...

Tennessee American confirms interest in WWTA purchase

Published Jan. 9 2019

Voting down a sewage treatment plant in Ooltewah last month might have been popular, but it didn't do anything to...

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd blasts tax break plea for Patten Towers renovation

Published Jan. 9 2019

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd cranked up his buzzsaw Wednesday against a property tax break for a $10 million renovation...

Two Chattanooga City Council members say they won't put up with disruptions in 2019

Published Jan. 8 2019

Two Chattanooga City Council members said Tuesday they don't intend for this year to be a repeat of 2018, when...


James McKissic leaving city government to join Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

Published Jan. 7 2019

The city of Chattanooga is losing its multicultural affairs director to the Urban League.

Sewer inspections ahead for WWTA customers

Published Jan. 4 2019

The state of Tennessee is signing off on a $1.56 million loan that will help Hamilton County's sewer authority check...

Grocery stores uncork wine Sunday sales on Jan. 6

Published Dec. 30 2018

The last, faint tint of color in Tennessee's blue laws will be pretty much washed away on New Year's Day...

Rain blamed for woman's death in Marion County, Tennessee

Published Dec. 28 2018

A woman camper's body was recovered Friday morning after she was swept away in a flash flood, authorities in Marion...

Fund dedicated to preserve black cemeteries

Published Dec. 21 2018

Three historic black cemeteries in Chattanooga are the beneficiaries of a new fund set up to protect and maintain the...

Chattanooga announces holiday trash, recycling pickup schedule

Published Dec. 20 2018

Chattanooga's Public Works Department has announced its garbage and recycle collection schedule for the upcoming holidays.

Two Hamilton County commissioners call for detective involved in viral beating to be fired

Published Dec. 19 2018

Two Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday joined the chorus of voices calling for the firing of a white county deputy...

Hamilton County commissioners vote against proposed sewage plant on Mahan Gap Road

Published Dec. 19 2018

A packed house of people opposed a new sewage treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road cheered and clapped as Hamilton...