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.

Housing challenges abound: Many Chattanoogans priced out of market, conference finds

Published Oct. 21 2018

More than 100 people, among them builders, landlords, neighborhood volunteers and citizen advocates, spent their Saturday morning tugging at the...

Conference will look at Chattanooga's housing agenda

Published Oct. 18 2018

It might be a 600-square-foot studio or a 6,000-square-foot lakefront edifice.

Chattanooga area polls do great business on first day of early voting

Published Oct. 17 2018

With a key U.S. Senate seat and a governorship up for grabs in Tennessee, it was clear the 2018 midterm...


Here's which Hamilton County candidates raised the most and spent the most money

Published Oct. 15 2018

In the contests for Hamilton County's three open state House seats, Robin Smith in District 26 raised the most money...

Candidate calls for forum in District 30 race

Published Oct. 15 2018

The Democratic candidate in the Tennessee House District 30 race has challenged his Republican opponent to appear at a debate...

Raucous crowd rejects proposed sewer plant [photos]

Published Oct. 11 2018

If tar and feathers had been available, an angry and raucous crowd may have used them on the folks who...

Mixed-up agenda leads to Hamilton County Commission confusion

Published Oct. 10 2018

Hamilton County commissioners got seriously out of order Wednesday, in a mixed-up session that found them voting in what technically...

Two-way race in District 30: Independent candidate drops out, endorses Democrat

Published Oct. 10 2018

The independent candidate running in Tennessee's House District 30 race is tabling his bid and throwing his support behind Democrat...

Chattanooga City Council imposes limits on Reads Lake Road parcel

Published Oct. 9 2018

Defying a threat of a lawsuit as well as their own planning agency, Chattanooga City Council members on Tuesday adopted...

Chattanooga postal workers join national rally against privatization [photos]

Published Oct. 8 2018

Members of postal unions in Chattanooga and their supporters did their part Monday in a nationwide event to rally support...

Chattanooga chosen as pilot site for home affordability program

Published Oct. 5 2018

Chattanooga is one of three Tennessee cities chosen as pilot sites for a new approach to creating more affordable housing...

Voters in Chattanooga will see a proposed charter amendment on November ballot

Published Oct. 5 2018

Voters in Chattanooga will see a proposed charter amendment on the Nov. 6 election ballot.

Hamilton County Commission supports Ridgeway Apartments tax break

Published Oct. 4 2018

A property tax break for the redevelopment of a low-income housing complex passed the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday only...

Hamilton County Commission flushes land purchase plan for Ooltewah area sewer plant

Published Oct. 3 2018

Plans for a new sewage treatment plant in the Ooltewah area got a setback Wednesday.

Coonrod apologizes for calling inner-city residents 'complacent and lazy'

Published Oct. 2 2018

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod on Tuesday apologized for her part in a shouting match with constituents at last week's...

Bredesen slaps at Blackburn in solo Chattanooga appearance

Published Oct. 1 2018

Phil Bredesen never raised his voice or dropped his relaxed demeanor but still managed to land some sharp blows Monday...

Study urges Medicaid expansion to combat maternal, infant mortality

Published Sep. 28 2018

A new study by a Nashville-based advocacy group says Tennessee mothers and babies are dying for lack of health care...

How Chattanooga seniors can get a break on water quality fees

Published Sep. 28 2018

When Chattanooga's Stormwater Regulations Board voted this summer to hike water quality fees that city residents pay each year along...

Chattanooga rule forbids dance contests and...Ironman events?

Published Sep. 27 2018


Three Chattanooga attorneys seeking magistrate post

Published Sep. 26 2018

Three local attorneys interviewed with the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday for an open judicial commissioner position.